Looking for College Grants
“I’m looking for college grants and scholarships – can you help me get one?” That’s a question we’re asked a lot at EducationGrant.com, and like many questions in life, it has a mixed answer. Right away we should say that the answer is no, we do not offer grants and scholarships ourselves, so you can’t get money for college directly from us. But yes, we are a grant and scholarship resource site, so we can help you with ideas about where and how to find the funding you need.
If you’re looking for college grants, the first thing you should do is submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, as soon as possible. The FAFSA is your ticket to federal grants such as the Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), the Teach Grant, the Academic Competitiveness Grant, and the National SMART Grant. The Pell Grant program just received a funding boost, so there are more grants, with more money, available this year. Everyone who qualifies for a Pell Grant will get one.
Grants and scholarships from your State
The FAFSA is also required in order to be eligible for financial aid from your state. All 50 states just received stimulus bill money for higher education and they rely on the FAFSA to determine who needs state grants. If you’re looking for college grants and scholarships, contact your state higher education agency to find out what you may be eligible for.
Ask your school, employer, your union, and trade associations related to your job
When you’re looking for college grants and scholarships, sometimes it pays to look right in your own back yard. Many industry trade associations offer scholarships to students seeking to excel in a relevant career. You may also qualify for scholarships offered by your local university or community college, or for tuition reimbursement from your employer.
Scholarships by student or program type
Many government and nongovernment funding sources offer grants and scholarships to students who meet specific criteria. Examples of these grant providers are the Imagine America Foundation Career Education Scholarships for Adult Students, the Hispanic College Fund Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Student Assistance Programs (for people looking for college grants to pursue medical and allied health careers. The federal student aid scholarship database that can be searched by anyone looking for college grants. Just enter keywords that are most relevant to you or your planned course of study.
Scholarship searching is part of the deal
There is no such thing as free money. Generally speaking, higher education scholarships and grants don’t have to be repaid, but they usually require a measure of commitment that starts with the financial aid search. You may not find all the funding you need in one place, but you may be able to cover all your education costs with a combination of funds from multiple sources. Looking for the college grants that most meet your needs may take some time and effort, but it’s the first step on a rewarding journey.