While both features help narrow the pool of applicants as much as possible to only those who will most likely qualify, the features are different. We recommend using the pre-qualify feature if you only have a few individual programs or funds for which there is limiting criteria. The pre-qualify feature is set up per program, whereas matching works for a pool of funds. Pre-qualify and Matching cannot be used simultaneously on the same program.
For example, if you have a general scholarship that requires all applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a resident of a specific county, you would want to set up a pre-qualify questionnaire as "All Yes" and ask the applicants:
1) Do you have a GPA of 3.0 or above?
2) Are you currently a resident of [Specific] County?
When an applicant attempts to apply to your program that is using pre-qualify, they will be taken to the pre-qualifier before they see the application. If they pass, they will be taken to the application and can begin to apply. If they fail, they will see a message letting them know that they do not qualify and they will not gain access to the application.
If you have 5 or more individual funds, it is a good idea to consider Program Matching. Program matching provides you with a "hub" in which your applicants can access all of your linked funds. You will set up a handful of criteria by which you want to base each of your individual funds. This will create a questionnaire of sorts that will narrow down the fund options for each applicant based on their responses to the criteria questions. Those funds for which the applicant absolutely will not qualify will not display in their list of possible funds.