How to Apply

As higher education has become more and more expensive, more and more students need financial assistance in order to make their postsecondary schooling plans possible. That makes applying for financial aid a crucially important step.

It is also a complicated process, yet millions of students and their families successfully complete it every year.

Please take time to examine the information available in other sections of this website before starting to fill out an application for financial aid from The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. In addition to answering many common questions about the process, the information also alerts students to opportunities for receiving free assistance in dealing with the many steps of applying for postsecondary admission and financial aid.

Scholarship Central

To simplify the process for students and their families, The Scholarship Foundation has joined with other organizations in the St. Louis region to offer a common financial aid application. Instead of having to complete a different application for every different program, a student can apply for multiple local and regional interest-free loan programs and grants all on one site. Over 100 different scholarship, grant and interest-free loan programs use Scholarship Central to collect applications and award aid.

This shared application is a key feature of the website a collaborative project of The Scholarship Foundation and other St. Louis-based nonprofit groups and philanthropic organizations. Clicking this link leads to Scholarship Central. Once there, click on the blue “apply now” button to display a list of programs participating in Scholarship Central, including The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Please follow the detailed instructions at to complete and submit the general application. Once the general application is completed, a list of possible opportunities will be presented that match the student’s qualifications. For each opportunity, including The Scholarship Foundation’s interest-free loan, the student will need to complete additional questions and/or submit documentation separately.  Click on the opportunity name to apply.