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College Student's Guide to Merit & Other No-Need Funding

College Student's Guide to
Merit & Other No-Need Funding:

What the Reviewers are Saying

“An excellent resource for both prospective college students and those who will be likely to be paying for this college education, their parents…most unique...[Described here] are opportunites for students to get money based on their skills and situation: academic record, research skills, writing ability, creative activitites, religious or ethnic background, athletcs, career plans, or mioitary activitires...The authors present a large amount of information in succinctly worded and clearly formatted entries" 

American Reference Books Annual

Selected by Choice as an “Outstanding Academic Title” of the year. Titles chosen for this list are “carefully selected from among the new publications reviewed in Choice during the preceding 12 months,” represent “less than 10 percent of the titles selected for review in Choice," and are viewed as the “best of the best.” The criteria used for selection are: “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form, originality or uniqueness of treatment, value to undergraduate students; importance in building undergraduate library collections.”

Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year

“Librarian Schlachter is well known for her scholarship guides for minorities, women, veterans, and the disabled. This new guide targets another special group: middle-class students who don’t qualify for need-based scholarships. Entries note eligibility, amount of award, duration, number of awards granted, and deadline. Recommended."

Reference Books Bulletin

“Although there is no shortage of college financial aid resource books, this guide distinguishes itself in a number of ways. Schlachter, who has collaborated with Weber on several other financial aid guides, focuses on more than 1,000 programs that offer merit or no-need funding to currently enrolled college students. Furthermore, Schlachter goes beyond the typical financial aid book by providing six different indexes. No comparable guide exists. Highly recommended.”


“A unique directory that exclusively features financial aid information on merit-based and other no-need awards. All awards are described in detail. RSP is well known for their scholarship guides for minorities, women, veterans, and the disabled.”

Scholarship Watch

The directory “organizes its contents for easy browsing, listing programs in the sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and for any subject in sections clearly identified by a shaded section of fore edge in a stepped pattern. While the directory doesn’t guarantee an applicant success, it makes it a lot easier to narrow the field of programs to apply for. No matter how many financial aid directories a college or public library has, it needs to add this one.”

Rettig on Reference

"Especially useful for undergraduates."

Kansas State University's CATnet

Named an "Essential Publication" by Mount Holyoke College's Career Development Center, because the directory "provides a wide array of no-need funding programs set aside just for currently enrolled and returning college students."

"Essential Publications," Career Development Center, Mount Holyoke College

Selected for inclusion in the 12th edition of Guide to Reference  (the landmark guide that identifies "the best available reference sources") because of the usefulness, breadth of scope, and quality of information College Student's Guide offers to "currently enrolled and returning college students who do not meet financial requirements for need-based assistance."

Guide to Reference, 12th Edition

In selecting the College Student's Guide for inclusion in the latest edition of Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries (a highly-acclaimed list published by the American Library Association that, for the past 40 years, has provided "bibliographic information and evaluative annotations for the most convenient and productive reference sources"), the reviewer called this directory from Reference Service Press one of the "absolute best guides for finding funding for specialized populations" and, because of that, strongly "recommended [the title] for public and academic libraries of all sizes."

Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries

"The source is organized by subject of study, such as the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities [and] provides the name of the aid, the contact information, the purpose of the aid, the eligibility for the aid, the amount of the aid, the duration of the aid, special features of the aid, the number awarded, and the deadline. This appears to be the only source of its type (aid based on merit rather than financial need)."

Bob Cole, ILS Capstone Project

"In addition to the financial aid programs available through the University's Financial Aid office, there are an unlimited number of independent sources offering financial assistance for higher education. Here is where the persistence on your part comes in. Resources such as the Directory of Financial Aids for Women, and the College Student's Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding are just two examples of guides, which list thousands of organizations, providing financial support for returning to college. Similar resources that are specific to a variety of ethnic groups, military families, people with disabilities and various fields of study also exist to help you identify all possible sources for which you might qualify."

Old Dominion University Women's Center

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