The Sallie Mae Fund is a charitable organization that aims to make it easier and more affordable for American students to attend college. Sallie Mae has given over $121 million since 2001 to help students pay for higher education. In order to receive a Sallie Mae scholarship, students must first seek out and locate particular scholarship opportunities and then apply for these various scholarships. Students can search through all the available scholarships either online or using scholarship guidebooks.

Step 1

Use Sallie Mae's free scholarship search, provided by the College Answer website. The site requires users to register for a free account prior to searching for available scholarships. Upon registration, users can search the online database, which features over 3 million different Sallie Mae scholarship opportunities. The site is updated on a daily basis with new information and scholarships, and a $1,000 scholarship is given to one random new registrant each month.

Step 2

Native American students can visit the American Indian College Fund website and register for a free account. Upon logging in, users can browse scholarship opportunities in four different categories: Tribal College Scholarship Program, Tribal College Special Scholarships, Mainstream College Special Scholarships and Graduate Special Scholarships. The application process does require a photo of the student be submitted in addition to the standard scholarship application. Additional contact information is available on the AICF website.

Step 3

Check your local library or bookstore for a scholarship advisory book. There are many different books available on the subject, and there may be some scholarship opportunities that are not listed in every book, so it's a good idea to consult multiple books. Some scholarship books recommended by Sallie Mae themselves are "How to Get Money for College" by Woodburn Press, "Cash for College" by NASFAA, "How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families" by Gen and Kelly Tanabe, "The Scholarship Book" by the National Scholarship Research Service, "Peterson's College Money Handbook" and "Paying for College without Going for Broke" by Kalman Chany and Geoff Martz. For more scholarship guidebooks, visit the "Search for Scholarships" section on the Sallie Mae Fund website.

Step 4

Browse through the list of scholarship opportunities offered on the College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees Free Scholarship Searches website. This site offers a list of over 40 different free scholarship search websites, giving users access to billions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid opportunities. The scholarship sites are listed in an easy-to-read table, along with information about each scholarship search site. Click on one of the scholarship search site links to visit that site and begin searching for scholarships.