There are many college grants for students available to help pay for college. The most common one being the Federal Pell Grant, but there is state level grants available also. In order to see if you qualify for any of the grants, you must fill out a FAFSA or free application for federal student aid.
The FASFA determines if a student is eligible to receive any type of financial aid. Each year there is a deadline that you must file your application by. So be sure to check and make sure that you get yours turned in on time. And make sure that you have applied for the grants before you have been accepted by a college.
There are several categories of college grants provided by different organizations, whose can cover education or only housing costs in campus. The most common types are:
Federal College Grants – the most common federal grants are the Pell Grant and the Academic Competitiveness Grant. Federal grants are at the mercy of the federal budget.
State College Grants – these grants are provided for resident student, and are based on merit, financial need, and course of study.
Minority College Grants – one of the most popular of these grants are for African-Americans. The amount of students with a minority background that have graduated from a 4 year college has increase dramatically in the past few years. Due greatly to the funding of these types of grants.
Student Specific Grants – these grants are designed with a specific category of students in mind. Categories included in this type of grant are adult students, graduate, undergraduate, and military.
The best source of information for students or parents of students that need help paying for college is to talk to local schools and see what college grants are available. Most grants do require that the student be in good academic standing. Many organizations take a great effort to ensure that everyone has the right to a proper education, despite your financial standing. But you will need to take the incentive to contact the appropriate organizations in order to help yourself in the search for a higher education.