How Can I Find Grants for College Students?

Grants, unlike loans, don't have to be repaid. There are many government-run websites that give information regarding what grants are available for college students. Read on to learn more about these and other resources for college grants. Schools offering Nonprofit Management & Leadership degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of College Grants

Grants are available for just about everyone, whatever their financial and personal situation might be. Various types of grants include federal, state, minority, student-specific and degree-level grants. The website Federal Student Aid (studentaid.ed.gov) lists details of available grant programs, such as:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • TEACH Grants
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

Important Facts about Federal Grants

Pell Grants FSEOG TEACH Iraq Afghanistan Service Grants
Amount Awarded $5,775 max (2015-2016 academic year) $100 to $4,000 per year Up to $4,000 per year $5,775 (2015 -2016 school year)
Special Requirements 1st time undergraduates Priority given to Pell Grant recipients Specific courses and career field Be under 24 or enrolled in college at parent or guardian's death
Parent or Guardian served in the U.S. armed forces during the war
Degree level to receive grant Undergraduate Undergraduate Undergraduate, post baccalaureate Any college or career school student
Payment Procedure Financial-aid office Campus based aid through financial aid office Financial aid office of participating schools Financial aid office

Finding Federal and State Grants for College Students

Several federal grants are available to college students. These are typically based on financial need and many of these grants can be combined with one another, although they can't exceed the amount you'll be paying for the full year of school. States also offer money to students based on the same requirements for students planning to attend school within the state. For a listing organized by state, visit www.studentaid.ed.gov. Federal grants include:

  • The Pell Grant, which is typically offered to undergraduate students only and the amount you're given is based on your school's cost of attendance, your financial need, and other specifications.
  • The FSEOG, a grant that is awarded to undergraduate students who have a great need for financial assistance.
  • The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is given to those who plan to teach in a low-income area and also in a field that has a high need for educators.
  • The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants may be awarded to students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) perished while serving in the military during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Finding Other Grants for College Students

The Federal Student Aid website includes lists of several grants and scholarships. Likewise, many communities are also happy to help students who are headed to college. Check in newspapers and with local businesses to see if they offer some kind of program. Some businesses offer scholarships or grants to students with the condition that, after graduation, they work for them for a few years.

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