SOURCE: NextStudent

January 24, 2007 11:00 ET

NextStudent Releases the Largest Online Scholarship Search Directory

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2007 -- According to NextStudent, the Phoenix-based premier education funding company, many college students neglect to maximize FREE money for college because they are not aware of the vast array of scholarships for which they are eligible.

With the newly released NextStudent Scholarship Search Directory that has more than 2.4 million awards, located at NextStudent Scholarship Directory, students now have the opportunity to select many scholarships that meet their personal needs, by specific criteria for which they are qualified. The directory has an award base of more than $3.4 billion, includes more than 42,000 college funding sources, and is one of the largest online college scholarship search directories in the nation.

One of the most unique characteristics of the new directory is that it offers both students and parents the ability to quickly and easily target the awards they need for college. For instance, applicants may review scholarships based on their year of study, state of residency, college of attendance, preferred major or ethnicity. Students also may search by the high school activities in which they were involved, such as athletics, the arts, honors, religious or other affiliations.

In addition, many awards that often are neglected since they are more obscure or less well known now can be found on the NextStudent site. These scholarships include those for individuals who have such distinctive characteristics as individuals who are non-smokers, reside or attended high school in a particular county, or those who have associations with such organizations as AARP, 4-H or Mensa, among others.

Since the FREE directory is so easy to navigate, finding applicable scholarships is a simple process. Students select one of the many categories they wish to explore and then drill down until they find the award for which they appear to be eligible. Each award includes such information as an overview of the award, the application deadline, maximum award amount and type, and the Web site for further information.

For students who prefer to use a FREE online scholarship search engine, taking advantage of the same utilities, advantages and ease found in the directory, NextStudent provides one that can be found at

Whichever resource is used, when students and their parents commit their time and efforts to finding scholarships that help pay for college, they are setting the foundation for their financial future and reducing the overall debt required to finance their college dreams.

About NextStudent

NextStudent,, federal lender code 834051, is dedicated to helping students and their families find affordable ways to pay for college. NextStudent offers one-on-one education finance counseling and has a portfolio of highly competitive education finance products and services including a free online scholarship search engine, federally guaranteed parent and student loans, private student loans, both federal and private student loan consolidation programs, and college savings plans.

The NextStudent Scholarship Search Engine, one of the nation's oldest and largest scholarship search engines, is updated daily, available free of charge, completely private -- and represents 2.4 million scholarships worth $3.4 billion.

For more information about NextStudent and its student loan programs, please visit the company's Web site at

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