Whether you're preparing for college or already in it, you know that higher education can break the bank. The average cost of one year of college at a public, in-state university cost more than $9,000 in 2014, and for private colleges it exceeded $31,000. But don't start selling your plasma just yet. There are thousands of scholarships linked to any topic you can imagine, and dozens of them have deadlines before the year is done. Below are 60 scholarships with applications due in October, November and December. Good luck!

20 scholarships with general requirements:

Unlimited Love Institute Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Oct. 30

Coca-Cola Scholars Program -- varies -- Oct. 31

Biannual MyProjectorLamps Scholarship -- $500 -- Oct. 31

No Essay Scholarship -- $2,000 -- Oct. 31

American Bullion Scholarship Program -- $500 -- Oct. 31

SaveOnEnergy.com® Education Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 8

Maryknoll Essay Contest -- varies -- Nov. 13

iMove College Moving Scholarship -- varies -- Nov. 15

Neil Burns Distracted Driver Awareness Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 15

Zumper Apartments Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 15

Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship -- $2,000 -- Nov. 30

Get-Frontier.com Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 30

Lemberg Law Lemon Justice Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 30

DISHPromotions.com Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 30

Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program -- $1,000 -- Dec. 3

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships -- $5,000 -- Dec. 5

Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest -- varies -- Dec. 5

Christopher Reeve Service Award -- $1,000 -- Dec. 15

AXA Achievement Scholarship -- $10,000 -- Dec. 15

Great Clips Cosmetology School Scholarships -- varies -- Dec. 31

20 scholarships that require creativity:

CARid Scholarship Program -- $1,000 -- Oct. 31

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition -- varies -- Nov. 1

Bluetooth Breakthrough Award -- $5,000 -- Nov. 2

I Am… Scholarship Slam -- $1,000 -- Nov. 6

TicketCity Annual College Scholarship Program -- $3,000 -- Nov. 11

Delphix Technology Scholarship for Women -- $5,000 -- Nov. 15

James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists Scholarship -- $2,500 -- Nov. 15

Youth Noise Scholarship Program -- $1,000 -- Nov. 21

Fountain Magazine Scholarship -- varies -- Nov. 30

Design A Shirt Creative Excellence Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 30

DormBedding.com #FortOnFleek Challenge -- $1,000 -- Dec. 1

Doodle 4 Google -- $30,000 -- Dec. 7

Make It With Wool Competition -- varies  -- Dec. 31

CaptainU Scholarship -- $2,000 -- Dec. 31

Top Ten List Scholarship -- $1,500 -- Dec. 31

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship -- $2,000 -- Oct. 31

Debt.com Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants -- $500 -- Dec. 1

ThePennyHoarder’s $2,000 “Frugal Student” Scholarship -- $2,000 -- Dec. 31

Rolex Scholarship -- $25,000 -- Dec. 31

HeadsetPlus.com Annual College Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Dec. 31

20 scholarships for niche applicants:

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship -- $2,000 -- Oct. 31

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers -- varies -- Nov. 1

HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 1

AGC Education and Research Foundation -- $2,500 -- Nov. 2

Dairy Council of Arizona Scholarship -- $12,000 -- Nov. 9

Live Your Dream Awards -- varies -- Nov. 15

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Nov. 15

Institute of Industrial Engineers Scholarships -- varies -- Nov. 15

GEM Fellowship Program -- varies -- Nov. 15

American Copy Editors Society Scholarship -- varies -- Nov. 16

Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship -- $25,000 -- Nov. 16

Best Hospitality Degrees Scholarship -- $1,500 -- Nov. 30

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation Scholarship -- varies -- Dec. 1

Walmart Associate Scholarship -- varies -- Dec. 2

“Business Plan” Scholarship For Students With Disabilities -- $1,000 -- Dec. 4

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program -- $20,000 -- Dec. 11

Burger King McLamore Scholarship -- $1,000 -- Dec. 15

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest -- varies -- Nov. 27

United States Bowling Congress Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship -- $5,000 -- Dec. 1

National Field Archery Association Foundation Scholarship -- varies -- Dec. 31