With the average student graduating college with more debt each year ($37,172 in 2016), pressure is on parents and students to find and win scholarships to cover some of the costs.

If you’re like everyone else, you’re probably wondering where to start your search. In fact, that is one of the questions we hear most often: how can we actually find college scholarships?

TIP: Seniors should start their search as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that there are scholarships out there for high school juniors!

To help you get started, we have put together answers to your top questions.

Where should I look for scholarships?

You have to search locally and online for scholarships.

Ask Your Counselor about College ScholarshipsFinding local scholarship opportunities has become easier in recent years because of the internet. However, you may still have to make phone calls, visit businesses and read your local newspaper to cover all of your bases.