Higher education is expensive, and the smart student is always looking for ways to defray the cost. Scholly, a 99-cent app for both iOS and Android, as well as free on the Web, could end up paying for itself thousands of times over.
With Scholly, you enter the filters that correspond to your situation, such as intended major, gender, ethnicity and what state you live in, and it'll return a list of scholarships that you might qualify for, along with details such as application deadlines. According to co-founder and CEO Christopher Gray, who convinced the investors on TV's Shark Tank to back Scholly to the tune of $40,000, the app has helped students raise more than $15 million in scholarships in less than two years.
This is planning for the future -- the scholarship application grind mostly comes after the fall school application frenzy. But it's never too early to start thinking about how you're going to pay for it all.
Looking for more student-friendly apps and gear? Check out our back-to-school tech roundups from 2014 and 2013. Some of those products might not be available anymore -- that's the way of the tech world -- but most (or their updated replacements) should.
Jake Widman is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to Computerworld. Liam Widman is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.