The best approach is to utilize several approaches to locate college scholarships within your community and on the web. I recommend starting your search today because scholarship deadlines are fast approaching. I will include several free resources to help locate money to attend college.
First, the college's financial aid office and website has a list of private scholarships offered from outside organizations and companies. Sometimes a college major's website will list scholarships, too.
Second, the public library has a book listing scholarships with some not even listed on the web.
Third, the high school guidance office has a list of local scholarships and state scholarships & grants.
Fourth, a campus work study job can help with money needed during the school year. The program is funded by the federal government. It will be a job on campus and most times can work to your availability schedule. There should be a box on the FAFSA form for it.
Fifth, fill out the FAFSA form after January 1 of your senior year of high school. It will qualify her for need based financial aid from the federal government and the school itself. It will come in the form of scholarships, Pell Grant, student loans, and the work study program.
Finally, I recommend joining several free membership scholarship search websites. There are scholarships for a variety of things including ethnicity, clubs, hobbies, and even wearing duct tape to the high school prom. Most are updated on a regular basis. Most offer a customized search based on information entered onto a form on the website.
FINANCIAL AID ADVICE
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/before003a.htm state deadlines
SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY ADVICE
FREE MEMBERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH WEBSITES
http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/ recommended by Forbes magazine.