Although most scholarship timelines are geared towards high school seniors, early fall is important for anyone starting their scholarship journey. This includes nontraditional students, current college students, and graduate students. Everyone should be ready to meet deadlines starting in September of each year. Ideally you should begin preparing in the summer before you are ready to begin or continue your studies. If you need money to start, NOT to continue, you should start your search for funding in the fall of the year before you plan to begin. For example, if you are planning to begin studying in the fall of 2022, you should begin your search for college funding in the fall of 2021.