Where can you find grants and scholarships?

Even if you aren’t receiving lots of money from your parents to pay for your college or university tuition, you can find money to pay your postsecondary school expenses.  Much of this money is available to you through public and private agencies and companies in the forms of grants and scholarships.

The United States Department of Education lists grants and scholarships that you can apply for.  However, before you can receive many of the grants and scholarships you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.  The good news is that you can complete a FAFSA application online at the Department of Education website.  Even if you apply for a scholarship or grant through the college or university you attend, postsecondary schools often require you to complete and submit a FAFSA application.  Most of the information on the application asks you about you and your parents’ financial history (e.g. annual salary).

Professional Associations and Organizations Give Money to College and University Students

Cultural organizations like the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Japanese American Citizens League and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund lists scholarships and grants that students from diverse ethnic backgrounds can apply for and receive.  Many of the scholarships and grants are funded by private organizations like the Bill Gates Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Ron Brown Foundation.  Some scholarships cover one year of tuition, while others help you to pay for a four-year degree.  Not only might you be required to demonstrate a financial need (e.g. low family income), you also might have to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) like a 2.5 or a 3.0 to win the scholarships and grants.

If you or your parents are members of professional organizations like the National Association of Education Professionals, the Rotary Club, the Professional Convention Management Association or the National Association of Professional Women, check to see if the associations offer scholarships and grants, as many professional organizations do provide financial assistance to members or their children.  Other places where you can find grants and scholarships for college or university include:

Your parents’ employers – private companies offer scholarships and grants to students of parents with work performance that meets or exceeds management’s expectations

Public and private colleges and universities – accredited postsecondary schools offer academic, athletic and financial needs based scholarships and grants to new and continuing education students

Local bank – banks and other local businesses also give scholarships and grants to students, many who maintain high GPAs
State and local government agencies like departments of education also award scholarships and grants to students attending accredited postsecondary schools in their jurisdictions. 

You can also get scholarships and grants from worship centers (e.g. churches, synagogues) that you or your close family members attend.

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