How do I apply for a grant?

Grants for the purpose of assisting with the costs of higher education are offered by the federal, state and local government, private, non-profit or community organizations and some colleges and universities.  Grants do not have to be repaid but you do have to apply.

When applying for non-federal grants, the application process varies and it is important to become well informed of what is required and the date the application is due.  Talk to your contact person to learn everything you need to know to complete your grant application process.

When applying for federal grants, there is one application to be completed and that is the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form can be filed 3 ways.  You can complete and submit the application online, you can download and submit the PDF form from the government website or you can request a paper application, to be completed and returned by mail to the address indicated on the form.

Important Facts on the FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is free, you should not be charged for it
  • Preparing for, completing and reviewing your FAFSA form should take you about an hour
  • Do it early!  Many grants are offered on a first come, first served basis so the sooner you submit your FAFSA the better your chances are to receive a grant

* Be aware of the documents you will need to provide with your FAFSA, they can include bank statements, social security information and W-2s.

Ask Questions
Since receiving grant money, which does not have to be repaid, is such a great opportunity for any student, you want to do a thorough and perfect job on your application.  Do not hesitate to ask questions whenever you can.  Contact your school’s financial aid office if you have one, refer to the government’s FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov or contact any other professional or authority you can find who is knowledgeable about the grant application process you are facing.