Student Grants

The cost of attending college has more than doubled since 1980. Public universities now average $12,283 annually and private universities have exceeded $31,233, according to the United States Department of Education. Community colleges had once been considered the affordable way to attend college, but even their price tags have risen over the years. Even with college savings plans, the average citizen finds it difficult to come up with that much money for four years in a row. This situation has led to many students taking out immense student loan debt, stretching their college attendance over five years or more, or even dropping out of school altogether. Fortunately, students have access to a funding source that can help them graduate from college quickly and possibly be debt-free at the end.

Benefit of Student Grants

A student grant is essentially free money that is given to a student to help with college expenses. Grant awards range from a few hundred dollars to “full ride” packages that pay for the entire cost of an education. The majority of student grants fall between $500 to $2000. Each year these types of grants provide significant benefits to millions of people across the United States. For example, a few thousand dollars can:

  • let a disadvantaged minority teenager be the first person in his family to go to college,
  • help a single mother to return to college and get a better job,
  • encourage bright minds to continue exploring new ideas and innovations,
  • assist students young and old to embrace other cultures and promote peaceful international relations,
  • help an unemployed, older student to receive job training and return to the workforce,
  • help working adults to pursue graduate study while still being able to feed their families, and
  • permit ethnically, socially, economically, and financially diverse students to attend the colleges, universities, and vocational schools that they choose.

Student grants may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, research materials, study abroad, living expenses, and many other education-related expenses. Students should keep in mind that little difference exists between grants, scholarships, and fellowships. Anyone looking for financial aid should investigate all three categories.

Repayment of Grants

As people become more and more conscious of their debts, they are hesitant to accept certain financial aid packages. Fortunately, student grants are not like student loans.

Student loans must be repaid within a certain timeframe after graduation or the last date of college attendance. They are essentially cash advances to pay for education. Just like credit cards, student loans tack on interest and can soon grow to an insurmountable level. On the other hand, under most circumstances, grants do not need to be repaid. They are gifts from sponsors that help pay for rising tuition bills, university and course fees, transportation costs, and housing expenses. Grants are always applied to tuition bills before loans, and the more grants and scholarships that students have, the less loan debt that must be repaid in the future.

Some organizations do, however, attach requirements to grant funding and will demand the repayment of grants if those conditions are not met. For example, certain federal teaching grants mandate that graduates teach in low-income school districts for a certain number of years in order to retain their grant status. Otherwise, the funds will be converted into student loans that must be repaid. Some medical school and nursing program pay for all costs of attending college in exchange for at least two years of service in disadvantaged areas or locations with a shortage of medical personnel. If a grant carries any of these stipulations, the criteria will be identified on the application document. Most organizations are upfront about these requirements because they do not want to risk non-payment later.

Sources of Grants

Student grants can come from just about anywhere–from employers, professional associations, clubs, community groups, colleges, state and local governments, and, of course, the federal government. Many financial aid administrators keep records of all the grants for which their students have applied and then pass those funding sources along to future students. In addition, many websites list thousands of grants and scholarships that are open to qualified applicants. Since some student grants receive low publicity (and low competition), students should apply for more than just the high-profile programs.

The four main sources of grants are federal, state, college-specific, and private programs. Details and examples of each category are below:

Federal Grants

Much of the grant money that students receive is awarded through the U.S. government. Federal government grants are used to encourage college attendance, increase the United States’ global competitiveness, and enhance economic output. Current programs include Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grants, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants. These student grants are both need-based and merit-based.

Pell Grants

Level: Undergraduate

Pell Grants are a common source of funding for undergraduate students who have not yet earned their first bachelor’s degrees. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 27% of all undergraduates had been presented Pell Grants for 2007-2008, with an average grant award of $2,600. These grants are awarded based on financial need. They take into consideration the cost of attendance, year-round or partial-year attendance, and full-time or part-time status. The current cap on Pell Grants is $5,550 per academic year (July 1 – June 30), with funding available for up to 18 semesters.

Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Level: Undergraduate

Eligibility under the FSEOG program is based on extreme financial need. Priority status is given to students who have qualified for Pell Grants and who possess the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFCs) based on their FAFSA results. FSEOG funding is based on application date, financial need, school funding, and the school’s financial aid policies. Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants typically range between $100 and $4,000 per academic year. In 2008-2009, the top five locations providing the highest average FSEOGs had been the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Vermont, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants

Level: Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate

TEACH Grants are offered to students who commit to serving as full-time teachers in high-need fields in public/private elementary or secondary schools that serve low-income students. Example of high-need fields include mathematics, science, reading specialists, foreign languages, bilingual education, English language acquisition, and special education. Within eight years of graduation, grant recipients must teach for at least four academic years. If these stipulations are not met, the grants will be retroactively converted to Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, interest will accumulate, and students will be responsible for repaying the money.

TEACH Grants are awarded for up to $4,000 per year. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s http://www2.ed.gov/finaid/prof/resources/data/teach-institution.html”>records, in 2009-2010, Pacific Lutheran University distributed the highest TEACH Grant award per student at $4,850, while Arizona State University presented over $4 million in TEACH Grants to 1,325 students–the highest in the nation. For more details on what the federal government considers to be a high-need field or a school serving low-income students, review the TEACH Grant program profile.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

Level: Undergraduate

Awarded to students who have graduated from rigorous high school programs, the Academic Competitiveness Grants are set at $750 for first-year college students and $1300 for second-year college students. Additional eligibility requirements can be found at the U.S. Department of Education’s ACG profile.

National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant)

Level: Undergraduate

The National SMART Grant is designed to enhance the United States’ global competitiveness in the areas of mathematics, technology, engineering, physical science, life science, computer science, critical foreign languages, and non-major single liberal arts. To be eligible for SMART Grants, students must major in one of these areas and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. SMART Grants are available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study, with a limit of $4,000 per year.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Level: Undergraduate

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is offered to students who do not meet the requirements for the Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. Armed Forces service performed after September 11, 2001 in Iraq or Afghanistan. Students must be younger than 24 and enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent or guardian’s death. The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is capped at the Pell Grant limit.

Applying for Federal Grants

Students who are interested in applying for federal grants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive federal aid, each student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen (such as permanent residents, conditional permanent residents, students granted certain visa or refugee statuses by the Department of Homeland Security, and citizens of certain island nations)
  • possess a valid Social Security Number
  • hold a high school diploma or GED
  • be enrolled or intending to enroll at an approved higher education institution
  • register with Selective Service, if a male aged 18 to 25
  • not be in default on any federal loan or grant
  • promise to use federal grants and loans on educational and housing expenses only
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic progress while taking courses

The deadline for filing the FAFSA is June 30 for each academic year, but students are encouraged to apply early for access to the most aid. FAFSA processing can take up to six weeks, so apply well before any federal, state, or college deadlines. For the best financial aid opportunities, students should complete the FAFSA with estimated or actual income tax return numbers each January before the next academic year starts in July. Most grant programs require the FAFSA to be completed annually for renewal purposes.

The FAFSA process can be overwhelming the first time, but the FAFSA renewal for subsequent years pre-fills much of the information. The FAFSA must be completed for every academic year that grants, loans, and other financial aid awards are being requested. To speed up the application process, have the following details nearby:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Previous year’s W-2 forms
  • Previous year’s federal income tax return for yourself, your spouse if you are married, and your parents if you are a dependent student
  • Current bank statements and investment records
  • Alien registration or permanent resident card for non-citizens

Students can complete the online FAFSA application, download a paper application, or request an application to be mailed to them at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

State Grants

Several states offer student grants under various conditions, such as attending a college or university in the state, being a resident of the state, and/or gaining education with the purpose of serving one of the state’s specific needs.

For example, in Texas, the TEXAS Grant helps residents with financial need to go to a public college or university. In the same way, the Tuition Equalization Grant Program helps students go to private, non-profit colleges and universities in Texas.

In New York, part-time undergraduate students may be eligible to receive the Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) grant for up to $2,000 per year. The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards grants of up to $5,000 per year to New York residents studying full-time at approved schools.

In addition to Cal Grants, students in California can receive other state-based aid. For instance, the Child Development Grant Program awards an annual need-based grant to students pursuing a Child Development Permit. For each year the grant is accepted, students must work full-time for at least one year in a licensed children’s center. The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program (LEPD) is another need-based California grant that can be awarded to the dependents and spouses of select law enforcement personnel.

Individual colleges process some state grants with FAFSA information, while other grant programs require additional application materials. A link to each state’s higher education authority, with grant and other financial aid information, is accessible here.

College Grants

In combination with federal and state grants, many colleges administer their own grant programs. In addition, various external organizations help pay for students to attend a particular college or a specific classification of college, such as a law school grants, teaching grants, nursing grants, medical school grants, cosmetology grants, and trade school grants. Some programs require the college to be accredited by a certain body; others are open to any accreditation. Most colleges and universities automatically check if students have submitted FAFSA records to their institution before calculating the financial aid packages. Students who have completed the FAFSA should see federal, state, and college grants listed on their financial aid award letters.

Noted below are some examples of college-based grants:

  • Florida State University gives up to $1,800 per year to eligible undergraduate and graduate students under the FSU Grant.
  • Northwestern University gives up to $3,000 toward scholarly research for PhD students in the social sciences or humanities and toward creative endeavors by MFA students.
  • At the University of Colorado, the Student Fee Grant offsets up to 20% of the Student Capital Construction Fee.
  • The University of California at Berkeley offers a DSP Student Grant to help disabled students with the cost of assistive technology and specialized equipment.

Students who are interested in college-specific grants should contact their financial aid departments. They should also meet with their academic departments, as some academic departments award grants that are not available to the university community as a whole. Students should be aware that college grants may have different application deadlines than federal or state grants.

Additionally, some colleges choose to use customized Need Access forms through http://www.needaccess.org. The instructions for each grant will identify whether the Need Access form must be completed.

Private Grants

Numerous private entities recognize the importance of higher education. These employers, community organizations, professional associations, and credit unions set aside money to help students with financial need or outstanding academic merit to achieve success.

  • One example is Educational Employees Credit Union in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California, which pays for some of its student members to attend U.S.-based community colleges, universities, and vocational schools.
  • Another example is the GE Foundation and its STAR Awards program, which gives up to $3,500 to the children of eligible GE employees and retirees.
  • Baptist Memorial Health Care in Tennessee uses its student grants to pay for up to four years of tuition for qualified nursing and allied health students.
  • The Hopi Indian Nation offers the Hopi Education Award of up to $2,500 per semester to Hopi member students who are pursuing AA, BS, BA, Doctoral, or Professional degrees from qualified colleges or universities.
  • The Geological Society of America gives grants to members who are conducting masters-level or doctoral-level research in a geologic earth science degree program at an American, Canadian, Mexican, or Central American university.
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supplies up to $30,000 for college juniors to continue their education in public service/government graduate degree programs. These student grants are competitive; approximately 10% of applicants are selected for the award. In addition to the application, the Truman Scholarship requires a nomination from the student’s school, three letters of recommendation, a policy proposal, and a recent transcript. Details about becoming a Truman Scholar are available here.

Types of Grants

Some people are under the misconception that they are not qualified for grants because they or their parents “make too much.” Other students believe that grants are out of their league because they are not academic superstars. Still others think that student grants are only intended for young people and undergraduate study, while others think grants are always project-based with official proposals and timelines. The following information will help correct these misunderstandings.

Clearing Up Myths

  • An individual does not necessarily need straight A’s to qualify for a student grant.
  • College grants are for everyone, from graduating high schoolers to mid-level professionals entering graduate school to mature adults returning to college to complete a lifelong dream.
  • Grants can be based on financial need, academic merit, particular talents, or project proposals.

Some grants are need-based, which means that individual awards are distributed based on financial need and are intended to send students to college who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Grants can also be merit-based, which means that students must qualify through academic performance, proposal submission, project completion, or other criteria. Some grants require only a simple application, while others demand weeks of preparation. Some grants are dedicated to public schools, some to private schools, and some to any accredited college, university, or vocational school. While the majority of grants are intended for undergraduates, graduate student grants are plentiful.

Level-based Grants

Level-based grants are limited to students with a particular academic standing or education objective. For instance, a grant may be open to any individuals entering a graduate degree program–no matter what degrees they already hold–or restricted to current undergraduate students who are planning to continue their education with their first master’s degree or doctorate. Some student grants are open to all levels.

Freshmen:

  • The MSU Freshman Grant is automatically disbursed to new freshmen at Michigan State University who complete the FAFSA, are Michigan residents, and demonstrate financial need.
  • Virginia residents can attend George Mason University through the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program. This state grant is awarded to dependent first-time freshmen who enroll full-time, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, and display significant financial need through FAFSA details

Sophomores:

  • Colorado residents can apply for the Colorado State University Land Grants, which provides funding to sophomores with financial need.
  • Sophomores at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst can take advantage of the Citizen Scholars Program. Awards are $1,000 per year for two years for students with a 3.2 GPA or higher, a history of community service, and a commitment to future community service.

Juniors:

  • The University of Washington offers one full-tuition Remo S. and Sheila A. Galvagno Scholarship per academic year. The program is open to juniors and seniors who are Washington residents and enrolled full-time.
  • The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards up to $7,500 annually for juniors and seniors who intend to continue their careers in mathematics, engineering, or natural sciences.

Seniors:

  • The Linen Prize in Chinese is offered to Williams College seniors who have taken Chinese language courses at Williams and shown outstanding promise, whether or not they are majoring in Asian Studies.
  • The MillerCoors National Adelante Scholarship gives a grant of $3,000 to Hispanic seniors and juniors attending partner universities. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled full-time in one of the following degree programs: Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics, or International Business.

Public College Grants Vs. Private College Grants

Some grants can be used only at public institutions of higher ed while others are confined to private colleges and universities. These types of student grants are often seen in college-specific aid packages, but they may also originate from external organizations.

Graduate School Grants:

  • The Beinecke Scholarship Program gives $34,000 to students wanting to attend graduate school for the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
  • The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program donates up to $90,000 toward graduate study. Applicants must be younger than 31, have completed a level of education between their college senior year and their graduate school second year, and be classified as a New American (a child of naturalized citizens if born in the United States or a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad).

Law School Grants:

  • The American University Washington College of Law awards need-based grants to full-time JD students for up to three years. The grant must be renewed annually, and applicants must complete the Need Access form.
  • The American Bar Association’s Legal Opportunity Scholarship encourages racially and ethnically diverse women and men to attend law school. These grants provide $15,000 over three years.

Medical School Grants:

  • The National Health Service Corps Scholarship pays for all medical school expenses in exchange for serving as a physician in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area for at least two years after graduation. Women and men in MD, DO, DDS, DMD, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse-Midwife, and Physician Assistant degree program are eligible.
  • Students entering their third year of medical school can access a $5,000 student grant from the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships. Applicants must demonstrate leadership in addressing health care, educational, and societal needs of U.S. minorities.

Nursing School Grants:

  • Nursing students can have their tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. In exchange for this grant, nurses must work at least two years in a health care facility with a critical shortage of qualified nurses.
  • The March of Dimes grants $5,000 stipends to registered nurses enrolled in master’s-level or doctoral-level maternal-child nursing programs.

Business School Grants:

  • Mays Business School, a part of Texas A&M University, offers an extensive list of grants and scholarships to in-state and out-of-state students pursuing an MBA degree.
  • Full-time MBA students at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business can earn full tuition payments for two years through the Dean’s Scholarship.

Technical School Grants / Trade School Grants / Vocational School Grants:

  • Students who have been in the Colorado foster care system for at least two years can receive financial assistance to attend a technical school, trade school, community college, or four-year college. This grant is offered through the Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth.
  • The Home Depot Trade Scholarship Program gives $500 to women and men enrolled in construction and building programs.
  • Students attending certified trade schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States can apply for the $2,000 American Fire Sprinkler Association scholarship.
  • Students age 25 or younger with hemiplegia can attend a trade school or college through the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association.
  • Low-income women with minor children can gain up to $2,000 for vocational training through the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Scholarship. Recipients do not need to be single mothers.

Many grants are based on a person’s major and are limited to a particular college. Education majors, English majors, biology students, nursing students, business students, engineers, police officers, scientists, and musicians can all find an array of worthwhile grants.

Need-based vs Merit-based Grants

Need-based Grants

As previously mentioned, the Pell Grant is one student grant that is based on financial need. Other examples of need-based grants include the Penn Grant from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina Need Based Grant, the Guaranteed Access Grant open to Maryland residents, and the Winston-Salem Foundation’s various grant and scholarship programs for area students.

Students should keep in mind that need-based grants do not only go to “poor” students. According to U.S. News, the majority of federal aid goes to students with household incomes under $50,000, but some colleges award grants and scholarships up to $180,000. Furthermore, Ivy League schools do not grant athletic scholarships or merit scholarships; all aid is need-based.

Merit-based Grants

Merit grants are typically awarded to students with high GPAs, extracurricular involvement, and community service experience. Individual programs may maintain more or fewer requirements. Unlike need-based grants, merit grants do not factor in whether or not a student displays a financial hardship.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, U.S. News had listed the colleges that distribute the most non-need-based merit aid. The rankings do not include athletic scholarships or tuition benefits. Topping the list is Louisiana College, in which 88% of students had received merit grants and scholarships, followed by Cooper Union, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Free Will Baptist Bible College, University of Central Oklahoma, and Hawaii Pacific University. Some of the awards are based on academic merits alone, whereas others include college-generated scholarships for qualified students who could not afford the cost of attendance.

Listed below are a few of the thousands of merit-based grants and scholarships found across the country:

  • The ECCHO Scholarship is available to Hispanic students with at least a 2.5 GPA or 450 GED score who are attending their first undergraduate program at a qualified Educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward (ECCHO) member school.
  • The Alaska Performance Scholarship is granted by the state to students who graduate high school with strong GPAs, college entrance test scores, and rigorous coursework. Students will receive up to $4,755 to attend accredited Alaska colleges, universities, and job-training schools.
  • The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation offers various merit-based scholarships to students and educators in the food service industry.
  • The Elks National Foundation provides Legacy Awards of $1,000 for each of four years to children and grandchildren of living Elks.
  • The EnergySolutions Foundation awards $2,000 merit scholarships to students who will enroll in math, science, and engineering bachelor’s degree programs. These student grants are open to 10th graders in Washington, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Canada.

Talent-Based Grants

Talent-based student grants are merit grants or need-based grants for students who demonstrate excellence in a particular area of study. They generally promote specific fields or careers, such as sports, music, theatre, painting, sculpture, dance, math, science, medicine, photography, videography, and any number of other areas. Some talent-based student grants are limited to members of certain organizations, while others are open to anyone in the community.

Earning a talent-based grant can not only reduce the burden of going to college but also impress future employers. Examples of talent grants include the following:

  • The Minnesota State University at Mankato awards talent grants to high school seniors in the categories of music, theatre, creative writing, communications, and diversity awareness.
  • Talent-based student grants at Rhode Island College are available in dance, music, film studies, theatre, art, and communications. Awards range from $100 to $2,500.
  • The University of Hartford considers athletic scholarships to be part of its talent-based awards. Recipients must participate in NCAA Division I athletics in the areas of baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, or tennis (for men) and basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, or volleyball (for women).
  • The Gertrude Whitney Conner Scholarship for Excellence gives up to $10,000 to incoming MFA students at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture who demonstrate artistic ability and financial need.

Project-based Grants

Project grants are awarded on a competitive basis, usually for scientific research, advanced technologies, the arts, and social services. Project grants are usually prestigious, so winning an award can open doors to future grant projects and employment offers. Some popular project-based student grants are listed below:

  • Fulbright Grants are some of the most well-known project grants. Fulbright Grants are administered through the Institute of International Education, with sponsorship from the U.S. Department of State. These grants permit undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates to undertake advanced study, research, and teaching opportunities abroad. Fulbright Grants last nine to twelve months, and competition is intense. More information for both U.S. students and non-U.S. students can be found here.
  • The American Medical Association gives medical students the opportunity to plan and execute community projects through their Chapter Involvement Grant program. These student grants offer awards of $150 to $500 per event. Each project must be related to medical education, medical practice, public health, patient safety, and/or community outreach. More details can be found here.
  • The Oregon Media Production Association promotes Oregon-based film productions through its Media Arts Education Fund Project-based Scholarship. Applicants can be undergraduate or graduate students but must be pursuing a career or coursework in film, video, journalism, photography, audio, or multimedia.

Demographic-based Grants

Demographic grants are awarded based on a student’s particular characteristics, a student’s desire to explore a certain field or career, or a combination of the two. Common demographic-based programs include minority grants, women grants, Native American grants, Hispanic grants, gay/lesbian grants, and religious grants.

As previously mentioned, demographic-based grants may or may not be limited to people who display select traits themselves. For instance, an African American Studies grant may be open only to African Americans or may accept applications from people of all races who want to study African American culture and heritage. A GLBT grant may be given to gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender students with any majors, to any student with a GLBT-related major, or to a GLBT student with a GLBT major. The same principles apply for religion-based grants. Student grants may be provided to individuals who practice a certain religion, to any student who wants to attend a college with a particular religious affiliation, to students intending to start a religious career, or to any combination of the aforementioned characteristics.

  • The Fisher House Foundation funds the Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships Program through the proceeds of President Obama’s children’s book, Of Thee I Sing. Scholarship applications are open to the dependent unmarried children of active duty personnel, retirees, Reserve/Guard members, and survivors of military personnel who died while on active duty who are younger than 23 and meet certain criteria.
  • Women can apply for career development grants through the American Association of University Women. Between $2,000 and $12,000 is bestowed upon women who will enroll in a second bachelor’s degree program, master’s degree program, or specialized training in order to advance, change, or re-enter their careers. Preference is given to women of color and women in nontraditional fields.
  • Non-traditional students can gain funding through the American Legion Auxiliary. This association grants Non-Traditional Student Scholarships to older members and returning college students in two-year or four-year degree programs.
  • Tennessee State University offers the Geier Nontraditional Student Scholarship to individuals aged 25 or older who have been away from school for at least two years and reside in the Nashville metropolitan area. These student grants are available for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • Openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming Physician Assistants (PAs) can take advantage of the LGBT Physician Assistant Caucus’ Student Leadership Grants. Awards of $1000 are given to student members of the caucus who are enrolled in an accredited PA program and attend the annual conference.

Grants for People With Disabilities and Medical Conditions:

  • Many associations offer grants to people with physical and mental impairments. Student grants exist for the learning disabled, the hearing impaired, recovering addicts, diabetics, amputees, people with bipolar disorder, people with epilepsy, women and men with scoliosis, and numerous other health conditions.
  • Legally blind students can access $15,000 for college through the Jewish Guild for the Blind.
  • The Cancer Survivors’ Fund helps current cancer patients and cancer survivors to return to college.

Grants for Minorities

  • Through the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Education and Leadership Development Program, minority students can receive up to $7,500 annually to attend an accredited four-year college or university.
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars grant gives African American, Hispanic American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian Pacific Islander American students the opportunity to attend college for free. Applicants must have at least a 3.3 high school GPA, display active leadership, and meet Pell Grant eligibility requirements.

Grants for African Americans

  • The United Negro College Fund administers over 30 grants and scholarships from school districts, government entities, top employers like Google and Lockheed-Martin, and non-profit organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).
  • The Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant provides $3,000 toward graduate students who want to conduct a research project on the positive portrayal of African-American success.

Grants for Hispanic Americans

  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers grants for community college transfer students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Applicants must complete the FAFSA, plan to enroll full-time, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • The Council for Exceptional Children gives $1,000 to a Hispanic student member who is pursuing a degree in special education. This program is also open to students of other ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Grants for Native Americans

  • Only 17% of Native American high school students go on to college, in contrast with the 62% average across the United States. The American Indian Education Foundation seeks to close the gap by providing up to $2,000 per year to competitive grant recipients.
  • The Menominee Tribal Scholarship program gives a $1,000 student grant to each of the four category winners: high school senior, undergraduate four-year college student, technical college student, and graduate student.

Grants for Asian Americans

  • The Asian American Journalists Association grants up to $2,500 to students who have received summer internships as television or radio male broadcasters.
  • Boston College juniors can have up to 75% of their senior year paid for by the Asian American Scholarship.

Grants for Women

  • The National Women’s Studies Association presents four Women of Color Caucus graduate study awards for $500 each. Applicants must be women of African descent, Latina descent, Asian/Asian-American/Pacific-Islander/ Arab/Middle East Asian descent, or African Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native descent.
  • The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund gives tuition assistance to low-income women who are age 35 or older. Applicants must enroll in a regionally accredited or ACICS-accredited school for an associate’s degree, first bachelor’s degree, or technical/vocational education.
  • The AARP Women’s Scholarship Program encourage low-income women age 40 and older to go to college with $500 – $5,000 grants.

College Grants for Veterans:

  • Honorably discharged veterans can receive $250 per session at Keller Graduate School of Management through the Veteran’s Appreciation Grant.
  • The Illinois Veterans Grant pay tuition and fees for Illinois veterans attending a public community college or public university within the state.
  • In addition to student grants for veterans, many institutions offer grants or discounts for active duty personnel and children of veterans.

College Grants for Non-Traditional Students

  • The Talbots Women’s Scholarship sends older students to college with either $15,000 or $30,000.
  • The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship Grant gives variable awards to economically, socially, and physically challenged adults who are responsible for raising small children.

Catholic College Grants:

  • The Knights of Columbus gives $1,500 to members or to spouses and children of deceased or active members. Applicants must attend a Catholic university or college in the United States.
  • Catholic Financial Life gives one-time grants to students who are age 23 and younger and who have performed at least ten service hours at a non-profit organization.

Islamic College Grants:

  • The Fadel Educational Foundation supports the college education of Muslims in the United States by granting up to $3,500 per year. Grants are based on both need and merit.
  • The Ameen Rihani Scholarship helps students of Lebanese or other Arab descent to continue their education. Applicants must have a 3.25 high school GPA or higher, be entering college for the first time, and have documented records of leadership abilities.

Jewish College Grants:

  • The Lloyd Bardach B’nai B’rith Scholarship sends any Jewish resident of the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area to a four-year college.
  • Future Judaica librarians can receive $1,000 for graduate study of library and information science through the Association of Jewish Libraries.

How to Find Student Grants

This year, nearly $3 billion in financial aid will be distributed. Due to the immense number of student grants, finding a grant is easy, but finding the right grant may be difficult. The most common ways to locate grants are:

Friends

Ask friends what grant applications they submitted. Talk to friends who are attending the same college and different colleges, who have the same major and different majors, who live in the same area and outside the area, who possess the same interests and different interests, who work for the same employer and different employers, and who share the same interests and different interests. Requesting grant advice from people who are in a similar situation may lead to one-track thinking, while speaking to people in a variety of circumstances may identify previously undiscovered grant opportunities.

Financial Aid Administrators

Representatives who work in the financial aid office have a strong grasp of not only their own college’s grant options but also the grants provided by nearby schools and organizations. They can often steer students toward both widely recognized publications and little-known resources.

College Publications

Read college newspapers, listen to college radio stations, and review university websites. Most institutions publish their grant and scholarship deadlines, and current students are likely to talk about hot items.

Professional Associations

Career-specific organizations often publish advice to help students through college and gain employment in the field. Many organizations offer student grants themselves.

Website Listings

The huge demand for student grants has lead to the indexing and cataloging of numerous funding sources. Large grants, small grants, full grants, partial grants, high-profile grants, and nondescript grants are all accessible. Performing a simple Internet search can lead to pages and pages of information.

Student Grant Services

Some services offer to scour online and offline sources for the latest student grant opportunities. For a fee, they match students and grants based on financial need, merit, talents, demographics, location, selected colleges, connections with associations and employers, cultural heritage, interests, career plans, and more. Some of these student grant services provide immense value and are worth their price. Other times, students can save a substantial amount of time and money by conducting their own research.

Tips on Applying for Student Grants

1. Consider your characteristics. Each year grants are awarded to thousands of individuals on a virtually unlimited number of traits. Some common grant categories include:

  • Citizenship status: American citizens attending a U.S. college or university, foreign residents attending a U.S. college or university, children of immigrants
  • Education level: undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate
  • College type: public, private, non-profit, law school, medical school, film school, community college, four-year institution, vocational or trade school
  • College location: state or region, college-specific
  • Class: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior
  • Financial need: need-based or merit-based, low-income only
  • Enrollment status: full-time, part-time
  • Major: with and without future employment requirements
  • Future occupation: nursing, childcare, education, visual artist, zoologist, firefighters, etc.
  • Demographics: age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, military status, disabilities, past/present medical conditions, and more
  • Family situation: single mother, single father, pregnant women, unwed mothers, married with children, working adult, dependent with one or more parents deceased, children of divorced parents, adopted children
  • Current employer: grants and scholarships for a current employee as well as an employee or retiree’s children, unemployed individuals, business owners
  • Association membership: grants and scholarships for members and/or their children and spouses
  • Personal characteristics: grants for left-handed people, vegetarians, online students, etc.

2. Match yourself to the eligibility requirements. Review all of the details and make sure you fit the grant profile. Do you have the required grade point average? Do you fit within the income requirements? Does your school participate in this particular grant program? Do not waste your time applying for grants unless the minimum standards are met.

3. At the same time, do not limit yourself unnecessarily. By widening your grant search, you may find lucrative grants that are indirectly connected to your selected field of study. Applicants may also gain significant advantages by attending a college in a nearby state. Obscure grants that “no one” has ever heard of can work to your advantage; by applying, you will face less competition. Remember to search for synonyms. For example, English majors could search for grants related to English, writing, editing, publishing, poetry, authors, novels, essays, and other relevant topics.

4. Apply early. Grants funds are generally limited, so they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying early for project-based grant funds may demonstrate enthusiasm about the subject and, in turn, increase the odds of earning the grant. Are grant applications due a year before college attendance is scheduled to start? Are recipients expected to start their degrees within six months of earning an award?

5. Apply for need-based, merit-based, talent-based, and project-based grants, if applicable. Submit the FAFSA, but do not overlook other local and national grant sources. Apply to as many funding sources as possible.

6. Provide all requested information. Keep in mind that, while many grant applications can be completed online, some require paper applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation, proof of membership in a particular tribe, group, or association, and other documents. A few incomplete grant applications are returned for corrections and additional details, but most are rejected altogether. In either situation, the grant application is delayed and funding opportunities are decreased.

7. Have a clear purpose for the money. For project-based grants, presenting clear problem statements, objectives, methods, and evaluation guidelines is critical. Need-based grants may have a more general purpose, such as “pay for textbooks and course fees.” In addition, be aware of what a grant can and cannot be used for. Do not plan on purchasing that new iPod if a grant only pays for tuition.

8. Write essays and documents in formal language with proper spelling and grammar that adheres to the grant guidelines. Avoid jargon and slang. Be concise, specific, and descriptive. If handwritten documents are a requirement, use black ink and print legibly. Otherwise, submit typewritten copy. Focus your statements on the grant agency’s priorities and how you can benefit them in those areas. If requested, discuss your personal story and the impact that a student grant would have on your future.

9. Stay organized. Maintain a record of each grant’s requirements, deadlines, timeframes, award amount, and the documentation submitted. Make copies of all originals before submitting them online or mailing them. Keeping all of this information is helpful for making follow-up calls and for knowing how much the proceeds of one grant might reduce the funding for another grant.

10. Get a second opinion. Review all grant applications before submitting them. Then ask a trusted family member, friend, or advisor to look them over again. Accept constructive criticism instead of becoming defensive. Make edits and ask for more feedback. Important, competitive, and/or high-dollar-value student grants may benefit from up to seven reviews before the final submission.

Combining Student Grants With Scholarships and Loans

Student grants can typically be integrated with scholarships, loans, workstudy funds, and other types of financial aid to offset the expense of going to college. In most cases, the total amount of funding cannot exceed the cost of attendance with tuition, room, board, textbooks, and fees. Virtually all colleges and universities demand to be notified if students receive financial aid from external programs.

Students must keep in mind that some grant administrators ask that all other forms of non-loan aid be exhausted before their grants are applied. Most grant funds are sent directly to the school, but some money may be handed to students with the intention that they use it for college-related expenses. Grant recipients must understand when the free money will be disbursed, in case that date passes the tuition deadline.

Taxable Grants

Grants that cover tuition, fees, textbooks, supplies, and equipment are generally tax-free for degree-seeking students. The Internal Revenue Service considers grants and scholarships given to students who are not seeking a degree as income. At the same time, any portion of a student grant that covers room and board, living expenses, research, or travel is also typically counted as income and may be taxable. Students must report taxable income on their federal income tax returns, whether or not they receive an official end-of-year statement asking them to do so.

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177 Responses to Student Grants

  1. Umida says:

    Hello, my name is Umida. My from is Uzbekistan. I want to study USA. I am 18 years old. I will finish my college this year. I want to complete my study in the USA. How I can get scholarship? What should I do? Please give me more information.

  2. Paula schroeder says:

    I am a 56 year old woman who has worked as an RN for 21 years. I have extensive experience as a psychiatric nursing and am preparing to begin an on-line program to obtain my masters in Mental Health Counseling. I own my own condo and am currently working part-time to allow time to concentrate on my future studies, but will need some financial support to attain a mid-term career change. I hope to secure a grant to help me achieving my goal.

    • Amber Pinkard says:

      I just need help. It is extremely late in the game and I am aware of this. I start Snead State Community College in the fall as well as a job at a local hospital as a PCA. I filed my FAFSA but it doesn’t cover it all. I come from a very stressful home. The power gets cut off all the time, my vehicle may get repoed, and I have no money saved up because I have never been employed. I was very involved in school, so I did not have the schedule a part time job was looking for. School was my “get away”. No one knew what I ever went through at home. That is why I was involved. I still need to pay for all of my books and atleast 200 out of pocket that FAFSA did not cover. I am trying to hold it together, but it’s getting difficult because I just need some way to pay this. I have always kept great grades and my studies mean alot to me. My pre-nursing classes plus my new job will consume all of my time, which I am alright with. It would be less stressful if I did not have to worry about paying for my school so much. I will have classes from about seven in the morning to one in the aftertoon. Three at the latest for this first semester. I was told that I would work from either three in the afternoon to eleven at night, eleven at night to seven in the morning, or some twelve hour shifts from seven in the evening to seven in the morning. Things will be very busy with work and school, but I can do this. I just need a hand finacialy.

    • EBIV says:

      Have you considered a Masters of Social Work Program?

      • Jennifer says:

        What comes to mind is your local Elks, Rotary, Kwanis, or YMCA. I would just write a letter and go see them in person and ask. For you and your background I bet the Rotary especially would be helpful.

  3. mary chapple says:

    I am applying for a student grant. I am enrolling into a program 13 mos. for drug/alcohol counceler. at a work force program. I am a single mother..currently unemployed seeking some aide to assist with the tuition cost.

  4. Larry Ellis says:

    I am a college graduate,now fully disabebed, I have comoleted the only true life story of EDGAR ray Killen,the x-leader of the 1960’s KuKluxKlan. He wrote me 100 pages of truth,apologies and the onloy confession to his crimes. He is 87 years old serving life in Miss. state prison. I aso have 3 completed true stories of my conversionto Christianity all books written to help youth restart life by using me as an example. Lastly, I have a 20 year collection of Christian Art that I drew. All I need is a typest,editor,and publisher financing.My book was front page covered by The Clarion Ledger Newspapre of Jackson, Mississippi, by Pulitizer prize nominee Jerry Mitchell. I do not want money for myself, but do want to help young eople and minorities. Please call me at (228)207-3002 or 228-392-2586 (parents) for any details. I believe in miracles and hope you are the person God will touch and make this possible. Please hurry, I just had cancer stomach tumor removal and may not have but two more years left. I have references, but I feel that God will lead us togeather. I know this sounds so basically amateur but my faith has no bounds and I am a mustard seed for our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for taking time to read and pray over this. May you and your be blessed. Larry, in His service. This is my first attempt on a computer, etc.,

  5. Scott George Mijin says:

    I am Scott George Mijin. I was born in Wisconsin State USA on April 23 1988.
    My father took his Master degree at the University Wisconsin and after graduating went back home to Malaysia. At the moment, I am taking a degree in electronic and electric engineering at the local university here. I will be graduating end of 2012.

    I want to pursue my master degree at the University Wisconsin where my father graduated and where I was born to feel been at home. Now my father is a pensioner
    and I know that tuition fee is expensive. At this point, I need financial aid/grant to
    help me realize my dream. I hope that somebody can advise me how to solve my
    problem.

  6. dipen basnyat says:

    I’m dipen from Nepal, I’m 27 male. I’m working in film since 2001 without learning from any school because of lack of budget. Now I’ve too experience and ability to work in film. Usally I operate the camera, edit the film and several directed also. Still I want to study more but due to my financial status I couldn’t…….. If I’ll get chance I can do it.

  7. Nuwamanya Antony says:

    I’m Nuwamanya Antony male Ugandan, aged 23 looking for financial support to pursue my Bachelors degree in Library and information science.I hold a certificate in library and information science and a Diploma candidate at Kabale University.I currently working with Ankole Western University Project as library Assistant. I like this field of study and I thought it wise to continue with it up to a phD level if supported financially.

  8. KEBACHO says:

    i am tanzanian and am looking for financial aid for my first degree. I already have offered later and passport.

  9. emilee says:

    I’m 22 and would love any one to tell me where i can look up grants. A lot of the ones i find you have to be 25 in order for your income to matter.

  10. Camilo Ricardo Soto Perez says:

    Need help with getting a grant for college I have been looking but no results I really need help. thanks

  11. Evan Hancock says:

    I am an 18 year old High School graduate. I have a passion for music and need funding to enroll in a Audio Engineering apprenticeship program. My dad suffered a heart attack last year and is unable to work and my mom is the sole family provider. Do you know where there are scholarships or grants available? The total cost of the tuition is $8,000. Thank You

  12. Chejuna L. Tate says:

    I am a 40 year old woman married with a son ten years old and hopefully one more child. I have a degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching for over ten years. I am currently working at a psychiatric facility in the education department as a transition teacher. I am currently in need of financial support to attain a masters degree to futher my earning potential to help my family.

  13. wilbur harris says:

    I am a 50 something US citizen who has a disire to complete education at Bauder College in Atlanta, Georgia, but I need a grant of 6000. to complete. All other grants like are no longer avialiabe.

  14. Mariammal says:

    I am a bsc.maths student.i got more than 80% in my +2….can i get scholarship for that?

  15. Abel Okello says:

    I am young man aged 19 years and currently completing my higher school certificate to join university education. I am asking for financial help from anybody or organization to enable meet my university studies next year 2012. I am doing History. Economics, Geography and Entrepreneurship. my daddy is loaded with fees payments and can not pay for me at university due to poor pay and high costs.

  16. neelam says:

    i have a bachelors degree and i want to apply for a 2 year repiratory therapy program …what grants should i be lookin for

  17. Brian says:

    I am a 28 year old white american male. I would really like someone to point me to similar help that I can’t seem to get that others have readily available. I have been searching scholarships and grants and because I’m not African American, foreign, female, or some other biast discrimination I have to pay out the rear end for my education. I am a full time employee for a company with a wife and 3 children to take care of, a house that is constantly needing repair, two 10 year old vehicles with a lot of miles, and oh yea my oldest is Type 1 diabetic so I have to pay for expensive doctors apointments every month and expensive insulins every few weeks to a month. So please before you tell me that you are entitled to all the fre money and government help you do what I do and still push your education foward. I would just like to know why you have to be some sort of minority to have any help in our country. Why can’t any hard working individuals just be entitled to all these d scholarships and grants out there?

    • monica says:

      Dear Brian, there are plenty of scholorships out there, believe it or not. I found some that where quite funny. just go to google and type in weird scholorships. hope this helps and kuddos for you going to school!

    • clint says:

      Man I know exactly how you feel I was in a near fatal accident in august of 2010 and I am now unable to work and I am trying to pay bills support a family and pay for fuel to go back and forth to doctors surgeons and physical therapy on $400 a month as well as go to college and because I am not an african american or some mexican or foreigner who doesn’t even pt taxes I am having problems getting any help with the cost of schooling if I was a foreigner or minority or someone who didn’t have to pay taxes they would be lineing up to give me grants or scholarships!!! This country is very unfair to its tax paying citizens who work and try to do right. I sure would appreciate any information on any organization who would help some one like me or any other people who are not minorities!!! Thank you

  18. yolanda palmer says:

    need information for son being first in family going to college in family lost and need resources for him he is a senior in high school and wants to attend college.

  19. victor hammond-kwarteng says:

    i am a BSC Natural Resources final year students studying in kwame nkrumah university of science and technology in Ghana-kumasi. i need about 2000 us dollars to complete my school fees and to further my education. please humbly send this contribution to my ecobank with my account number 0170044418402201. thank you

  20. Kimberly Stanley says:

    My 8 year old son has been diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD. I have found a school that has a great reputation for helping elementary school kids with these conditions. The problem is the tuition is over half of what I make a year I. IO am in great need of a grant. I have no idea of how to locate help although I know help is available.

    • Monica says:

      Hi. I was wondering if you received any replies to your question about grants. Also, in the same position regarding the cost of a private school for LD. Thanks, Monica

  21. dale slaven says:

    need grant to pay for blackstone paralegal correspondence course

    • Alexander R Wilson says:

      I am currently attending an on-line graduate program, and is very expensive: I have a subsidized/unsubsidized student loan. I am a veteran, discharged under honorable condition. I am interested in applying for a federal grant or any grant available to assist me in my education. In November of 2011, i started the Masters in Health care Administration. I am currently employed at the VA-Veteran Affairs Medcial Center in West Los Angeles. Please provide with all necessary information. Thank you in advance.

  22. kevin says:

    I’m an 49 year old single dad looking for grants/scholarships in my city, or any i can apply for. I live in rochester NY, i know what school i want to go to, just need to know where to start, what to apply for. Please help me. Kevin G. Linzy

  23. Amy says:

    If i am trying to find the kind of grant that is available to recovering addicts. I am in San Diego Ca, any ideas who I would contact?

  24. Patrick says:

    I am a collage student in Cameroon wanting to study cooling system(Refrigerators) .But i find it very difficult because of the financial assistance.So if anyone could help me on this i am always available.

  25. George Idieme Eguridu says:

    Hello Sir/ma
    I want too be a student in your school, i play pro basketball and i will love too be a part of one of your student, so please sir/ma grant me this opportunity.
    Thank so much

  26. michael-eze says:

    sir/ma please i need a to be acquainted in your high school as a part of them
    sir /ma thanks for your cooperation with me

  27. Charlette Carter Robinson says:

    I am 46 yrs old black female with low income I would love to go back to school
    to become a nurse. This will require me to drive back and forth each day 120 mile total
    back and forth Monday through Thursday.

  28. clint says:

    I am a 24 year old white male american taxpaying citizen of the united states. In august of 2010 I was in a near fatal accident, and now I am disabled and unable to work I am tryin to support a family pay my bills afford the fuel to go back and forth to doctors, surgeons and physical therapy on the very small wormans comp check I get as well as go back to college and because I am not an african american or mexican or some other foreigner who doesn’t even payments taxes I am having major trouble finding any grants or help if anyone knows where I may be able to find any resources that may benefit me and my situation I would be tremendously greatful for any information thank you for reading and any suggestions that may help I hope everyone has a blessed day and good luck with your search!

  29. Victoria Moss says:

    Hello,
    My name is Victoria. I am attending a nursing school that is 31k. I am searching for grants that are for women (25 or older), women adopted, women from india, and any other time of grants that would help my huge amount of debt for school. I am new at searching for grants; however, I am willing to apply for any grants that would help!

  30. Elena says:

    Could this include cosmotology school?
    can you only apply for one type of grant??

  31. AMITH NARASING says:

    I am very happy when I was seen your sit. Because I am seeking a website to give scholarships for poor students.I am a sri lankan.I am a Mathematics teacher.My hobby is help to poor students .Then We can grow with good mind persons in the country .Would you come to sri lanka then I can show to you our program to build our poor students.
    There for if you can to help our program I wish to you god bless.My target to give 50 scholarship in first time & 200$ per month a student.so I hope to build our foundation to give large amount scholarships .
    So I search education activities that students every months.That way we continue our scholarships. .

  32. Nicole says:

    I am a 24 year old African American female going back for a second bachelor’s degree. I need as much help financially that I can receive. I am a very hard worker. Any information would be helpful.

  33. zaia gamble says:

    i need FUNDS i plan on attending Missouri university or some out of state program.

    i really do need help. i am poor and dont have a dollar to my name.

    i need all the grants i can possibly get. my education is expensive

    grants grants grants. money i wont have to pay back. board of education do your jobs!

    give me a email A/S/A/P

  34. Victor in need of Urgent Scholarship says:

    Iam a male from Low income country Zambia, holding Diploma in general nursing (3 year programme/graduated as the BEST PRACTICAL NURSE. Currently am pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Nursing 3rd year student looking for scholarship in order to come and contribute to the alarming shortages of lectures in nursing schools so as to increase the enrollment. I promise to use the tax payers money deligently and professionally.KINDLY COME ON MY SIDE. TUITION FEES APPROXIMATE 1650 us dolars persemister x 5 semisters remaing, Research approximate 1200 US Dollars,accomodation approximately 1500 US Dollars per year,Books /stationary approximately 500 US Dollars. contact me please,ready to provide more information.

  35. Linda Sartin says:

    I am a 45 years old mother of two children, ages 15 and 10. My husband and I recently divorced and are in the process of filing for a divorce. I resigned from my job as an assistant teacher 2 years ago because of rheumatiod arthritis and an herniated disc in my back. I recently started seeing a doctor that has really helped me stay on top of my health issues and I am doing so much better. THANK GOD! As I previously stated I worked as an assistant teacher. I did this for a total of 15 years. I also taught preschool for 5 years. I have always had a passion to work with children as well as a desire to obtain a degree in teaching. I enrolled in a local community college several time to get an education in teaching and each time I had to drop out. I always had issues to arise that would cause me to quit working on my lifelong dream. These issues consist of things like, transportation, children’s health, and needing to work full time. In 2008, I enrolled in an online school. I had to withdraw from it several times because of financial and health reasons. I recently re enrolled and I am determined to accomplish it this time. The problem is the only income that comes into my home is $250.00 a month that my daughter gets for child support. My kids and I are really struggling, but they really want me to finish school. The internet I have is the issue. It is dial-up and it is really slow. I have always used dial-up but the online school has upgraded its website and its hard for me to keep up. I truly desire a high speed internet, it would make things so much easier. This is something I really can’t afford, I am praying that I will be able to afford to keep the dial-up and phone service.
    I don’t know if anyone can or will help me, but I was led to this website and I believe that God will give me a miracle. Even if I don’t get financial assistance than I know I will have more people praying for me and that in itself is a blessing.

  36. gaushiya bano says:

    i am gaushiya bano from india.i am belonging from poor family .i want to admit scholarship college of aeronautical or aerospace engineering.this year year please help me.i was passed 12th 2010.please help me i am waiting reply.otherwise i have no to live.i am going to die if not help.

  37. Jeana King says:

    I am returning to school at 38 yrs old I am married with one child. I also have scoliosis. I clean houses and am a hair stylist working from my home. My husband’s net income 43k a year. I am having some back problems and am struggling to make enough to cover expenses. I wanted to see if there was a grant for me available.

    • bree says:

      I just read that there are some organizations willing to help with grants for those with health problems and scoliosis was specifically mentioned. google grants for those with scoliosis. hope this helps you. god bless

  38. Jason says:

    Help me out here. No where do I see a grant avalible for someone that is wanting to go to school that is male, single, independent from parent support, homeowner, in there 30’s, made 50k last year and is and will be unemployeed next year, with no money to go to school. Where is this grant or funding avalible, someone please help me out here. I have private loans but by the time I graduate I’ll owe 150k plus in private loans. I’m going to school for radiology, someone please point me in the right direction. I guess i could always have a sex change… adopt a baby… then I can live on all the governments money for a single Mom, they just throw money at you, but not a single no kids male. Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. joseph clayton says:

    I need student grant for aviation school plese help thank you.

  40. Catherine Fulbright says:

    I am 23 years old and am going to college in January. I have done community college but it has been a struggle due to my parents’ financial issues and I have been diagnosed as schizophrenic and have had cerebral palsy since age 2. I am becoming more stable as far as the mental part goes. I am high functioning. I just hate how some people think that people with mental illnesses and others alike can’t receive a proper education because of lack of ability. Because of the tropical storm that hit my state last August we have had lots of damage due to flooding. My younger brother is going to college next September and we need all the help we can get at this point. My CP is very mild but still inhibits me to a degree.

  41. Jeffrey King says:

    I’m a 45 year old non traditional student, I’m attending Nursing school in Syracuse N.Y. 13021 and I’m in desperate need of financial assistance!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  42. Autawntia Cochran says:

    Hello my name is Autawntia Cochran I am a 22 year old, african american single mother of five. I am seeking assistance funding my education, and giving my children a better future. I am living on a based income in Columbus Ohio

  43. Jake Evans says:

    Is in need of financial help to go to college, I am trying to study HVAC/R for 2-4 years and am having a tough time to find Grants/Scholarships, I am trying to get started in school this up coming 2012 spring semester, If you know of anyone who can help or places to apply please email me.
    Thank you!

  44. Darcy says:

    I am a 23 african american female who is also a 7 year cancer survivor. I am a US citizen and am really struggling financially. I am blessed enough to have a mom who loves and supports me in every possible way. However, she does not earn nearly enough to put me through college, but apparently makes too much for me to receive any financial aid- according to the government. I am an honors student with a 4.0 GPA and am very passionate about receiving a college education. I have tried tirelessly to pay for my own classes semester by semester. I have completed maybe a year and a half trying to do this on my own. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to come up with the money to pay for any more classes and have had to drop out of school, which breaks my heart. I feel that with the grades, drive and desire that I have to finish school and really make something of myself, there must be someone out there who has been through what I am going through and has the means to help me. As a 16 year old in high school, I was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer. I stood up to it and battled it like a soldier. Now here I stand, at 23 years of age, facing yet another battle, to be the second person in my family to go to college (my mom being the first) and come out with a degree. It suddenly occurred to me that this should be no where near as difficult a battle as fighting breast cancer at the age of 16. There must be an organization out there able and willing to put a 23 year old breast cancer survivor with a 4.0 GPA through college. PLEASE HELP!!!

  45. PETER OYOO MANYA says:

    Im a kenyan ageg 37yrs married advancing my education, wish to humbly request for your assistance to enable me realize my dream.I’m student at Kenya Methodist University.Student Number BML–1–3360–3/2010.Password 18332.Im pursuing BSC MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE.You can visit University website and confirm my detail.Go to student online registration then enter student portal and enter the student number above and the password to get more about me .I’m doing my fourth year and starting my last semester.January 2012 ending 31/08/2012.I have been struggling with paying my fee for the last two years.Where i am now is just a stone throw from dream.Where i am done with this training i will use my skill gained to help in diagnosis of diseases and also create awareness on how to prevent diseases which can easily be arrested by a mere washing of hand.My college fee balance is approximately 3000 US Dollar .Thanks in advance looking forward for your positive response.

    PETER OYOO MANYA,
    TEL NO 254723322830,
    NAIROBI,
    KENYA

  46. Dianna Bash says:

    I am 18 years old and I am planning on attending either Bradford School in Pittsburgh, Pa or Gaston College in Dallas, Nc. I am unemployed and I have no money. My pasrents said if I get accepted to Bradford they will help pay for my schooling, but if I don’t get accepted and get accepted to Gaston college they won’t give any money for me to go to school. What do I do? I need to know if I go to Gaston how I ask for federal grants by myself and loans? This is all new to me and I need help!

  47. Iqbal says:

    I am studying the third class of IT and I want to complete my master degree in USA and how should I do to success and achieve my best wishes and how should I find Grant please who know, give me consulate. and the comment of every one is very important to me.
    looking forward to every one that know.

    Thanks for every one.

  48. Sunil Kumar Singh says:

    Hi,

    This is Sunil , 30 here from India, already got Letter of Acceptance from one Sounth American University and one from Philippines for studying Medical Program (MD), but unfortunately I don’t have enough budget to support my studies. Could anyone please give me some clue for scholarship or financial grant ? This is a life time opputunity for me. Please guide me to proceed further. I got acceptance with too much difficulty. I am a hard worker and have more than 5 years of experience in IT programming.
    Thankyou!

  49. Asha Lakra says:

    Currently I am a college student at Georgia State University, majoring in Sound Engineering. I am having difficult time financially. I am a full time student. Please help me. Thanks.

    Asha Lakra

  50. Abdul Qaadir says:

    Hi
    I am a 2nd year student at boston city campus. i am currently studying network specialist and seek financial aid

    Regards, Abdul Qaadir

  51. Jack Daily says:

    I am a 19 year old senior who is heavily involved with church. I have been accepted to New England School of Communications, which is 20,000 a year. I will have to basically do all four years in loans… I really don’t want to graduate with 80,000 in debt if not more… I really need help being directed to any source websites that could possibly help me…. I am a white average male….so I am quite limited with the scholarships… I am heavily involved with church and within the community….so anything helps… =) If you can help me at all or know any websites at all…my email is, Jack-Daily@hotmail.com!

    GOD BLESS!

  52. V says:

    We are divorced parents and our child begins University this coming September (possibly UConn). Mom became unemployed last February and I (Dad) became unenployed this past November.
    Currently both parents are unemployed with myself still collecting unemployment benefits (Mom’s has depleted unemployment benefits). Are there any Grants specific to this situation that is not Pell or thru FAFSA?

  53. Waheeb says:

    I am from Yemen and I have dream to complete my study to improve my English ,then study the master BMA.
    Yemen is not stable for many protesters and demonstrations ,so I got this chance to request from your organization to help me to achieve my dream in order to get high education and help my family ,furthermore, I have good friend (Australian Family ) who can allow me to stay with them and help me for my some expenses – free- till I finish my study in Perth city.

  54. Cynthia Jones says:

    I am legally blind and in my 50’s. I pursued a degree in Business graduating in March 2010, earning an MBA in Business Administration and Operations Managment while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I have repeatedly attempted to return to work, however to no avail.

    I also have acquired 45 credit hours toward a Masters in Education Managment, and would like to return to school to attain not only the Masters in Education but pursue doctorial studies with a DBA or PHD in Industrial Psychology, that will focus on disparte actions againts older women in America workforce when qualified for suitable employment opportunties.
    I currently receive SSDI of less than $1,000 per month and have current student loan obligations, not in default. I will need assistance as this problem is major not only in the United States but accross the global economy.

    Please advice on how older women may acquire grants to complete academic studies in America through simplified steps without having to pay astronomical fees to prepare grant request.

  55. Justin Lauffer says:

    I am a 25 year old white male. i was unemployed all last year and im trying to go back to school. i dont see anything i quilify for! im trying to get my basics out of the way but am stuggling with the money end of it. what should i do?

  56. Kelly Cunningham says:

    I am a 53 year old male living in Chattanooga, TN. My health is such that I can not do much standing or walking, but sittng I am fine. I am looking to go back to college to the Univerity of Tennessee, Chattanooga but can not afford it and dont need another loan. do I have options? grants? anything?

  57. Crystal says:

    My name is Crystal, 18, and I just need some help in finding a grant or scholarship. As a former homeless teen I was sexually, mentally, emotionally, and physically abused. As the oldest child of 5 in a Hispanic household I was told I would be nothing more than the duplicate of my drug-addicted mother, I am the first female in my family to graduated high school let alone, with no children. Though my life has not been easy I still graduated high school early and am currently looking for help in furthering my education. I am currently enrolled in Carrington College and attend as a full-time student. I would greatly appreciate any help.

  58. LA B says:

    Does any grant exist that would help a 50+ mom of two who is married to an unsupportive “pay for it yourself” type? I have worked in computer graphics but now run our home and do occasional freelance artwork. I never made it to college in the first go round but got super lucky with jobs decades ago. I’d like to get some form of degree… So sick of feeling stupid and regretful.

  59. A.R.M.RIKAZ says:

    hai i m rikaz from sri lanka,i did marketing diploma at japura campus and i have 8 years experiance in marketing field,like to have ur help to develop my future.0094777373296

  60. Christine says:

    I am a single woman doing a chair rental at a salon in WI. I am interested in going back to school to be an instructor. I need some financial aid or a grant to help me as I have had a very difficult few years after a nearly 25 year marriage ended, I had colon cancer during which a foreclosure and bancruptsy were forced upon me.
    Can anyone steer me in the right direction. Classes start March 5th 2012. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

  61. Paulette Crystal says:

    I am interested in finding out my chances for a grant as a recovering addict. I have been clean off drugs for 2 1/2 years. I am currently enrolled at University of Phoenix with 63 credits towards my Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Psychology. I plan if I find the funds with grants to Master in Counseling and work with the addict. My target is outreach to find the forgotten, abandoned, and rejected of society which many are currently addicted to alcohol or drugs. If anyone, anywhere can help me continue with this education to give something back to society, I need your help.

  62. kazi farhana says:

    hi i am farhana. i live in Bangladesh.studying in BBA in Jagannath University,Dhaka.my CGPA is 3.75 out of 4.I want full free scholarship with living cost & 100% tution fees.i cannot afford the high cost of study MBA in USA.so i need this scholarship for MBA for the next year.please ….please help me.i will gratefull to u if u give me this opportunity.please let me know via em@il in kazifarhana01@gmail.com

    • Terry says:

      I was looking over my son’s bursar account, he just graduated from college in spring of 2011 and I believe he was eliable for a pell grant in 2007 and did not receive it. Is there any way He can still get this. He could use it in paying back his 2007 loan that he really did not need if he would of received the pell grant?

  63. Akinlotan Hammed Kolade says:

    Nigeria, i am a 25years of age i really really need help to finish my colleges and be a great man in future. Thanks God bless.

  64. bethann hunt says:

    I am 33 yr old mom of 5 kids. When I was 15 I had to quit school and take care of my dad who was ill. 2 yrs ago I got my GED. Now I am enrolling in school to get my occupational associates in medical assisting degree. I can get some pell grant funding but would leave me with a balance of 20,000.00 in student loans. With 5 kids I need all the money i can get to pay my bills so if I have loan payments it would have to come out of my bill money each month. My mom died when I was 15 and she was a nurse and I looked up to her for taking care of people who were sick. And my dad never could read or write, and he passed away 5 yrs ago. I want this not just for me but also to make them proud and show to myself and to my family that i can make a difference in this world even if it is only one person at a time. God bless.

  65. christine te moana says:

    hi would you please tell me how i can apply for a grant please

  66. Mihre says:

    I’m 31yrs, BA degree complete, from a recognized university in my country. i have been graduated in 2006. currently i’m working in the largest institute in my country as graduate assistant from 2006 to 2012, i’m still working here. now i was applying to international institute of social studies of erasmus university of rotterdam, and i was admitted for the academic year 2012 to 2013, therefore, i’m kindly request your help, to acquire knowledge and skill. other wise it is difficult to me to live

  67. Yuliya Nudga says:

    I am Ukrainian, first woman in my family to attend college. The first one out of my family to attend college in the United States…i am interested in double majoring in Finance and Mathematics. What should I be looking for?

  68. SUNDAY AIDANO says:

    Hi! i am a male Tanzanian aged 28,i expect to join at a university this academic year 2012/2013 at mzumbe university in Tanzania in East Africa but i do not have enough fund to run for my education,considering the poor background of my family i find myself unable to realize my dream for education,I sincerely beg you to assist me financially to attend my school in that above mentioned academic year,for more information,contact me via my e.mail,thanks.

  69. kathy kellersman says:

    I am the mother of ten children. Irecently went to a college that didn’t give me the skills needed to engage in a full time job. I found out that I have breast cancer, after the loss of our 37 year old son to brain cancer in august of 2011. I currently have two associates degrees. one in criminal justice, the other as a medical assistant. I would dearly love to be a nurse. I love helping others. I don’t know, without some help how i could ever realize my dream and help our family. Is there anyone who can assist me? Thank you so much.

  70. Brown Nicodemus Mgunda says:

    Hi. I am a Tanzanian man, a fist year student of medical school, studying at International Medical and Technological university. My study course is Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). I am looking for a grant or even a loan in which payment will be working for an agreed period of time following my completion of my course that in in the year 2016.
    May you please help me with this problem.
    Thank you in advance

  71. Emmanuel Turkson says:

    I am a student in Ghana. I seriously need help from someone to further my education. Please help me. I’m a business student. I’m reading Purchasing and Supply Chain Management for now and will not like to branch from it. Please help me please.

  72. Alisha says:

    I’m a female 21 from Jacksonville Fl, also, I’m left handed and have a CGPA of 3.76. I’m persuing an A.S. with hopes to advance to receive a B.S. in Health Science. I have taken a loan out for the first 3 semesters, however, after this semester my loan is up. I just recently became unemployed, and I’m trying to figure out any possible way I could pay for the rest of my education. I really don’t want to take another loan out, but if I have to I will. It would be nice to not be stressed over the matter. Any information would be extremely appreciated!

  73. karine says:

    please i don’t know on how to go about with studies for i am like some how stuck along the line due to financial difficulties.i was suppose to be doing my professional bachelor.s degree now but that’s not possible due to financial difficulties.Please i need help

  74. Nigina Abdullayeva says:

    Hello, everyone I am from Uzbekistan, I’m 18 years old and I really want to apply to the university in abroad and for a grant, Couldn’t u help me please?

  75. maria Victoria gonzalez says:

    I just read a lot of the information related to all the programs available. I do not even know how to start. I am a US citizen and live in san Pr. Latin descendant from Colombia, SA. I have three children; third grade, seventh and eleventh grade. I am going through a very harsh economical distress and paying for the private school is becoming impossible. Public school in Pr is not an option, there is no such concept like in the states. I want to go back to college myself to be able to become a better provider for my kids. I only did two years in college and have been taking care of my kids since. I work free lance being a jewelry rep. I need to find a way to get help to pay for my kids schools and upcoming college for my eleventh grader son. Also for me.. If there is an institution that helps narrow it down to get the help I need, please let me know. I have little time left to find a way to keep my children in the school they go to. Thank you and i really appreciate your help, I know you must get hundrends of stories and letters all related to the same subject.. so thank you.

  76. mohammad alim says:

    Hi sir! i m 26 year old afghan graduated medical doctor i want to do my postgraduation in medical science abroad to fullfill my dream by scholarship.help me in this regard.

  77. joe nathan grice says:

    I hate the army i want to get out and go to school

  78. Chantelle says:

    I would like to apply for student grand,I am in need of financial help.I am 19+ years old.Both my parents passed away and I am a single mother with a baby of 6 months old .My dream is to study but I dont have funds.I want to have a better life for myself and my baby.All I asked is for help please.

  79. Mulindwa Julius says:

    I am 23years old from Uganda in the East of Africa and i completed my Advanced level some 2yeras back, so am now seeking for some grant to extend my education from any other country.
    You can reach me on +256703675352 or email me on prosperjulius01@gmail.com i will be glad to hear from you.

  80. PRINCE aKIDI jNR DAVIS says:

    because of inadiquate fund for studies i am still in the university.i could have graduated since 2005.i love to be well educated.my hope is to be an economist.i really need help.can it be possible

  81. Amos ogola says:

    Im amos ogola taking engineering course and i have comleted module 1,i was requesting any we wisher to help me in paying module 2 my cnct +254714232264

  82. BAKAYULA RUTH says:

    Am glad am in touch with you tonight.Am a Ugandan and working with a non government civil society organization.Am requesting for any form of assistance to our students.We have tailoring,cosmetology and computer training students both at certificate and diploma level.
    Please we do appreciate any form of support bit in form of dryers,computers,tutors’ tokens,markers,textbooks,students’ hostel fee,partnership and friendship.
    I wish you the best.

  83. mark jeyakumar says:

    Are there any loans for only 50 000 for a mother of a single parent who worked with the govt for 20 years as a staff nurse but now is unable to since she lost her hus and another son in an accident. She needs this to educate her son who wants to pursue pharmacy in Indonesia. thank you

  84. Star says:

    I am a senior this year and I am trying to get grants can anyone help me out with some good websites where I can apply?

  85. Mehari B. says:

    I’m really glad to get this website for that there is a chance of geetting either financial grant or scholarship grant from you.
    I have bachelor degree in Physics (major)and Mathematics (minor) from Alemaya, the then Haromaya University, Ethiopia (The third world country).
    So, for that helping an individual could mean that helping the country, I hope you would inform me any way of grant from your side.
    Thanking in advance

  86. Mehari B. says:

    just to tell my current position
    ‘m working in Ethiopian Ministry of Labour And Social Affairs as Labour Inspector position.

  87. Lucy Mkandawire says:

    Hie,
    I am young Malawian lady aged 24 and single. Studying a first degree in my life has been my ambition but the problem is that I can not manage it on my own.

    Would you please, therefore, help me with a scholarship so that i may continue with my studies? Nutrition has been my desired course.

    Please well wishers help me.

    +26599562111o and luewakisa@mail.com is my phone number and email address respectively.

  88. elvin m says:

    my parent are currently finacial unstable and i would like to came and study in U.S.A.

  89. NIVES NGONYANI says:

    I AM STUDYING IN THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA. AM HAVING DIFFICULT IN PAYING FEES. IS I WONDER IF I CAN APPLY FOR GRAND FROM YOUR COMPANY.
    THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR KIND ANSWER.
    NIVES.

  90. Massimo Maiorana says:

    I am a 36 year old man and I have the care of my one year old son every day.
    Right before he was born I started college and now I am about transferring to a 4 year college after getting 30 credits ina Community College.
    Once I have met a guy who received a grant for college because he has Red Hair…. so I wonder if there are any grants out there for me.
    I am adult.
    I have the care of my little son.
    I am collecting unemployment when work is not at full regime.
    I am Italian, US resident.
    I have ADHD (but I am not taking any medication for it)
    any suggestion.
    Thank you.

  91. Mpumi Dlamini says:

    A warm wellcome to all global citizens. Life is full of diverse challenges and education is the key to open all closed doors to our future. To all those that can provide grants – blessed is the hand that gives. The bible says, I was hungry and you gave me food where at this hour is education. I am 44 yrs a citizen of eSwatini and desperately willing to farther my studies for a degree in Project Management offered at Atlantic International University in the USA. I need financial aid or grant to help me to realise my dream, at the moment I am having a diploma which is a minimum effort. Pls. find me at (www.dlaminimpu.com) (dlaminimpu@gov.sz) (box 4463 Mbabane)

  92. Yulduz says:

    Hello! I am Yulduz from Uzbekistan. I study at the lyceum(first course). I am 16 years old. I have been learning English for 3 years and i am intending to continue my studies in some other country if it is possible. What should i do for this? What sort of grants should i look for?

  93. Abdi Alemayehu says:

    how are you? Are you fine? My name is Abdi Alemayehu I am learning Agriculture, but it is not my interest
    I wish to learn medicine field so shall I get scholarship?

  94. Stephanie Collaqi says:

    Ok I am a single woman with four children. I live in Tennessee. I have my associates degree in psychology, and I only have 10 classes left before gaining my bachelor’s degree in psychology as well. My issue is I have ran out of fin aid and about to have to withdrawl from school because I cannot afford to pay out of pocket anymore for my tuition. Can someone help me with some organizations, scholarships, or grants I may apply for to stay in school and complete my dream? I am not a part of the military, or anything else. Just a normal person trying to make it! Please help!

  95. Bryan says:

    I’m a 25 year old student who would really need a lot help with my studies. My family are running with some financial crisis, and I only have one job which does pay a lot. My mother is sick and cannot work as much as before, therefore, I have to watch for her and my family. My dad doesn’t work as much as before due for no jobs avaliable. I was in school for couple of years, but since my mother ended up getting ill, I could not finish my studies. My GPA is 2.79 which low due for my last semester not passing my other classes during the moment My mother got sick.

  96. bakhtiar ullah says:

    I am 23years old from Pakistan and i have completed my general nursing diploma, 01yeras back, so am now seeking for some grant to extend my education from any other country.
    You can reach me on +923339868440 or email me on sunnyadil2005@gmail.com i will be glad to hear from you.

  97. Maria Luz Macaso says:

    I AM WORKING STUDENT SInce High School and now i am already third year college in Accountancy..at this time more challeneges i’ve face..so that i need people could help me for my allowance..i could not work in this coming summer because it is our OJT…THAT’S WHY I NEED HELP TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A GOOD HEART.. i hope you can provide my needs to finish my course…its very hard for me because i am far from my family…

  98. Vicki Brock says:

    I have a medical office degree from Spencerian College in Louisville, Ky. I was also on the honor roll the entire 2 years. For some reason, can’t find a job because I have not had experience. I want to go back to a Community College in Birmingham, Al to obtain Physical Therapy Degree or Respiratory Degree and work in a Hospital or Home Health Care setting.

  99. tyra says:

    Graduated from penn foster high school…a distance learning program, my local community collage has told me I am not eligable for any financial assistance with this diploma. Is this the case with all collages ? I am in no position to pay ALL of this out of my pocket…..can aybody tell where to look or who to talk to

  100. Victoria B. says:

    I am a Junior in college and i transfered from a private school where i was undecided so not all my credits got accepted. i am now a biology major but very stressed out because i want to graduate. My dream is to go back to Africa to help children who are in need, therefore, i want to go into international public health with the biology major. I live with some relates here but my parents are in Africa. I wish i could get some money to take courses over the summer so when i come back in the fall i would not be taking too many courses to be stressed out like this. I do not have a job which i have been looking for one since but there is none. I am requesting if there is any one out there who can help me with a grant to take courses over the summer. Thank you.

  101. Pr.moses says:

    I am a pastor in uganda, i request any who can sponsor me in a theology bible university from any country.

  102. ABRAHAM says:

    Dear Sir/Madam/Sponsor
    I am seeking a sponsor person/s/ or college or club or company or institute willing to sponsor me .
    My thanks and grateful for your support in progressing reach my dreams of dream of my goal. My constant need is merely to achieve for higher education and aspire athlete runner .
    I think every day and night to start my new life in your college scholarships in the hope this it may support me .

    I am live in ETHIOPIA ,birth date on March 1991and the running of
    Half-Marathon for that a score time 1:04;02 hr/min/sec in the whole
    game athletics National StateTigray champion, I have won in 2011 in road
    race running I got first for 5 km 14:30 in Shire-Endaslassie and I
    am graduated in degree in economics by 3:66 points .One year ago my score time for Half -Marathon view on the above ,but now on this year 13-2-2012 I made competition and I have better than that my score time , and caught fifth place for half marathon .The competition was tough but I made it through fifth place /5th place / in the whole games of National State of Tigray champion .

    I have financial problem I COULDN’T stay strong because of that my future vision it’s difficult to continue to reach an ASPIRE -ATHLETE,and I live in place here as a parasite depending on people due to unemployment because of this no option rather than that .I have very little time to approach a professional athlete,but I am alone no one persons support me here for my run and for
    higher studies ,In a situation like this ,things that I wish good
    things and dreams to do has not been good to me. If I would have the chance I would be studying abroad country, If I get your support and encouragement I will succeed and reach my goal .and I give you my word that I will compensate you for your support. Beside and before my education I just want to plan to share my experiences with all the schools and students in that country to that you give me the opportunity to continue to reach my goal and dreams.

    Your country give a lot of grants and scholarships for poorest persons throughout the World I heard your sociability for years ago ,please ,please add up/allow/ me to start my new life .I am willing to run on behalf of your country .I am all say this with humbly and I do apologize for that I have taken your value time, because I don’t have any other chance than this , please support me .I want to thank you for showing me the new best situation your scholarship you allow me to continue my higher education that I have always been wishing .I wish you the best in life for you and your families and to the entire your college and I hope you will receive this proposal in good spirit.I will be awaiting for your contact,please feel free to contact me on this e-mail address a.welday@yahoo.com or abhamwel@yahoo.com
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY

    I am very pleased to hearing your positive response.
    Thank you very much again for your generous and attention .
    With best regards ,
    ABRAHAM WELDAY /athlete/ , Ethiopia

  103. Abdullah says:

    i am a very poor boy and i don’t have enough mony to comleat my eudcation in my country
    so i request to those people taht have this schalorship progarm so plese accept me in this program
    i want to study my lesson

  104. Emmanuel Bohole says:

    Hi I am Emmanuel
    doing masters of divinity at Andrews university in Michigan, i would like to combine with masters in social studies in order to serve the community in a better way, therefore i need to get scholarship to enable me complete these dual degree . how will you help me get scholarship that will help pay my tuition fee for these areas of Studies?

  105. Tharindu Darshana says:

    Dear sir/madem,
    I’m a medical student in Rajarata University of sri lanka. I’m still 1st year medical student. I have two brothers. They are still studying. elder brother is studying in Moratwa university, and little brother is studying R/Yakdehiwaththa vidayalaya, Niwithigala Also my mother is doesn’t work. Father retire now.he was working in pradesiya sabha as a watcher. Now he can’t earn monthly enough money to live us.So I can’t studying well in this condition. I think that you can understand my situation. Someone like to support for me please contact me.
    Thank you very much for your helps…
    Tharindu Darshana
    +94719599787

  106. ACHEAMPONG FOSTER says:

    I am a native of Ghana by birth and my father has dead. I attend Catholic university college of Ghana but due t
    to high cost of living in my country, my mother cannot pay my fees. I therefore plead with you to help me in any way pos
    any way possible so that i can make full payment of my fees.

  107. Best Mfilinge says:

    I am an 21 year old High School graduate. I have a passion for engineering need funding to enroll in a A computer Engineering degree program. Do you know where there are scholarships or grants available?

  108. jorge martinez says:

    can yall please leave me some websites to fill out pell grant applications??? please i have no idea were to start

  109. Jason Beck says:

    Hello, my name is Jason Beck I am a 37 year old Hispanic male, looking to further my education, I currently have an A.A.G.S back in 1995, I am looking to go back to school full time and get my bachelor’s degree, I need assistance finding a grant that would best suit my needs. If you have any information please contact me at J_sin11@hotmail.com thank you

  110. Abullah al-Masud says:

    Dear sir,
    I`m Abdullah Al-Masud, Masters in Accounting from National university in Bangladesh Now I have planned to pursue my study for masters and then for PhD. Any University from any country is my first choice to pursue my study. I am greatly interested by the diversified specializations in Accounting as well as by the quality education available in the universities. My field of interest are MBA,Management,Finance,Marketing,Accounting. Since my father had died before I was five year old , So my mother could not afford me the fees for GRE and TOEFL exam and then to pursue further thus I need financial aid in the form of assistantships, fellowships or scholarship.
    I am looking forward to receive your reply.
    Again, thank you for your time and this wonderful opportunity.
    Abdullah Al-Masud

  111. Rochelle says:

    I am a 22 year-old, blind female, looking to study an undergraduate degree in Scotland. I have been exploring many different avenues of financial aid, but have not yet come across any for Americans seeking education elsewhere. Are there any specific types of grants that are geared towards helping International studies outside the USA?

  112. Anna Johannes says:

    Hallow , I’m a 19 year old girl from Namibia, and I’m in need of a grant. I completed my high school in the year 2010, and I passed with flying colors. I applied for university and I was accepeted unfortunatly I could not turn up because my parents could not afford to pay the tuition fees.

    I would like to enroll in an undergraduate barchellor’s degree, whereby I would like to study computer science.

    Please help, I am looking forward to your positive responds.

    Yours sincerely

    Anna Johannes

  113. Dakota Emery says:

    I have searched for grants or scholarships for a month now online and have not found any under state, or federal to help me. I will be going to college to get a degree in Forensic’
    Science with a lot of Chemistry and Calculus on a bachelor degree in Science at a university close to home, but need more help than f.a.s.f.a. can do for me. I have a g.p.a. of 3.94 weighted , great letters of recommendations and will have a heavy load to complete this in four years. I am in honors classes, white and have no money for college. Have A.P. English college credit and taking a.p. music theory. Graduate in May of 2012 and looks like their would be a scholarship out there some place to help finish up the first year of college. Thanks

  114. collins kabali says:

    I am currently a student ( student number 23604743 ) monash university of south Africa doing a four years program in the school of information technology. since July last year i have done all the basic studies related to I.T e.g mathematics, English, word processing, excel, access, database, understanding university learning e.t.c . i am requesting for a grant that best suits my Catergory to continue my studies since i am now left with 3 years from July 2012. any well wisher is welcome to furnish me with details that i need to know. for the past one year in the university, i have learnt to be a critical thinker and a reader, i have also developed academic literacy which i think there is a need to continue if someone funds my school. The degree which i will obtain will benefit the community and the funders in turn. my email is: ckabali2010@yahoo.com humbly awaiting response.

  115. MATOVU REAGAN says:

    i am20years and seeking for scholarship help to study pharmacy in Ugandan universities.

  116. sulaiman says:

    hello my name is sulaiman yaqoobi i am from afghanistan i want to study in canada but i dont have much money to pay for the university fees what shall i do please give me information about it?
    thank you very much

  117. reabetsoe says:

    im a student studyng psychology in a private school can you help me with a grant im khakane reabetsoe. i passed my matric at 2011 can you please offer me with a grant

  118. Patricia Fortier says:

    Hello Everyone, I’m a 56 year old mother, grandmother and certified nurses aide. My husband is a disabled army veteran….He worked 40 years as a painter/wallpaper contractor. It’s time for him to retire and for me to support him. My dream has always been to be a nurse. At my age being an aide is getting too much for this body. I finally passed the TEAS test and was enrolled in a private college. I need financial help since I won’t be able to work during my 15 month program. I’m very motivated and love the nursing field. Can someone give me some info. on where to go to apply for scholarships or grants. Thanks for your help

  119. hossin aliakbari azar says:

    Hello, my name is Umida. My from is Irann. I want to study USA. I am 27 years old. I will finish my college this year. I want to complete my study in the USA. How I can get scholarship? What should I do? Please give me more information.

  120. Kumbukani Mataka says:

    i would like to go for Early Child Development with the urnivesty of Malawi

  121. issa adam says:

    my name are issa adam olarewaju i pass high in flying colour am from lagos state lagos nigeria i need sponsoral to continue my education by travelling to united state or england to continue my education

  122. Emmanue nnochirionye says:

    My names are Emmanuel Nochirionye. I have finished my secondary sch. And my dream is 2 study in U.S.

  123. krishna kumar says:

    namaste,i’m krishna frm nepal ,i’m very very poor,so i couldn’t complete my study,but i want to study further ,plz help me to complete my study,plz plz plz sir help me

  124. sharniece williams says:

    I am currently a ITT full-time student studing Criminal Justice this is going into my second year and, I am in need of a new laptop for school and need a grant or student loan to do so. Is there any infomation anyone can give me to point me in the right direction?

  125. Stephanie Alphin says:

    Hi,
    I would like to be able to continue my education,I am going into my junior year at meredith College in Raleigh,NC and My problem is my parents do not have the funds.They have already borrowed almost 40,000.00 for the last two years and my dads work is real slow,(construction)my mom cleans houses a few days a week,and now we have three of my nephews living with us since Nov. of last year and it has really taken a toll on my parents,they are really having a hard time and I’m worried if I don’t get help I will not be able to finish college.So if there is a chance you all could help,PLEASE do so,because I really want to finish and get a good job so that I can make a difference in the lives of others.Also would love to be able to help my parents out.
    Thank You Very Much

  126. Joseph Kawele says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am a Zambian that has been accepted to undertake an MSc in Water Management (Community Water and Sanitation option) at Cranfield University, UK in September, 2012 applying for a scholarship to enable me pursue this vital course that will benefit communities.

    I will be very grateful if my scholarship application will be considered.

    Thank you.

  127. jimmy smith says:

    I’m trying to continue my education at a higher level but i do not have the funds to do so.
    If there is by any chance that I may recieve a college grant to achieve this goal would you help me by telling me some friendly information that would lead me in the right direction.
    Thanks and god bless.

  128. Broderick Henderson says:

    Hi my name is Broderick. I am an undergraduate student at Florida International University. I am looking for grants to help pay for my education because my parents cannot afford my education. Also, I would like information on where and how to apply for grants. I could be contacted via email at bhend012@fiu.edu. I want to be successful in life and I would really appreciate and be grateful for any money to assist my education.

  129. Jeff kimbal says:

    I am a first time college student attending snhu and need a grant for a computer for my online classes please help….

  130. Edward says:

    Hi – I’m looking for a financial aid for my 6 and half old son. Please let me know if you need any document pertaining to his school. Right now he is in the 2nd standard (India)

    Thanks,
    Edward Isaac M

  131. Jamall Terrence Eaves says:

    I attend Johnson C Smith university in Charlotte NC. I am entering my sophomore year of college and came up short of money from my financial aid. I have tried to get scholarships for this up coming year but came up short. I am still looking for money out there that i can receive. I tried students loans but it seems like everyplace wants me to have a cosign. Neither of my family would cosign for me to get the loans i need.

  132. Sam Isaacs says:

    Hello, Im 22 and was born in memphis tennessee, and adopted out of mississippi after beening in the foster care program from a young age. was curious on any funding or grants or scholarships know to help me with my post secondary schooling/ college

  133. Adrian Ferguson says:

    I am 22 years old and plan on attending Full Sail University within the next couple of months for an associates degree in Audio Engineering. Music is something that I am very passionate about, & I really, really want to attend, but am having serious financial hardships and don’t want to take out a loan, unless I necessarily have to. So if anyone knows of any scholarships and grants that I can apply for, feel free to let me know. Thank you very much!!

  134. Ogulo James Emmanuel says:

    Am a Ugandan aged 35 years. I finished an ordinary diploma in building and civil engineering in 2001. I also finished a higher diploma in building and Civil engineering June2012. I have a desire to finish up with a degree in Civil engineering starting August in the coming academic year 2013/2014 from one of the accredited Universities in Uganda. With a number of dependants am taking care off to pay their fees coupled with no stable work, my dreams of getting a masters in Structural Engineering seem to be green. I request any good samaritan to help me achieve this dream.
    Email: ogulojames@yahoo.com
    mobile: +256-772-824247.
    God bless.

  135. Amajo Lillian says:

    Am a student of one of the Ugandan Universities doing social Works and administration . I finished a certificate level and now doing a diploma in the same course. Through great toil and moil , I managed to finish the two semisters but am getting stuck with the two remaining semesters costing each $800. At moment am at home helpless, studies have started but no hope of getting the required money. I request for assistance to help me finish the course.My heart lies in helping the poor communities.

  136. litoria ball says:

    I’m a mother of 5 and grandmother of 5 and decided to go back to school for business/accounting.i attend BIR TRANING CENTER.my whole outlook on school is different to day. i truely enjoy going to school. i go part time with a smile upon my face every WED,FRI.a few monthes ago i didn’t know how to turn on the computer know i’m strolling through my computer learning more about different grants i maybe eligible for. it’s a blessing from god .

  137. Tilahun Dereje Mamo says:

    Hello I am tilahun from Ethiopia .I am Ethiopian citizen,I don’t have citizenship of any other country.I am from poor family who can’t afford any cost to upgrade but I sincerely want to up grade.I am young,energetic and I think I have world class mind who wants to work on local issues and global matters.I hold LLB degree from mekelle university,Ethiopia in 2011 academic year and score 2.96 CGPA. Now i am requesting any individual or organization to assist me by affording for my education and all related cost because I am a poor pocket man but rich minded,one day wealth in my mind will fill my pocket and minds of others by knowledge,yes I can!!!specially my request goes to universities to grant me free scholarship with my expenses.I want to up grade to hold MA/MBA in field businesses,special accounting and pay my full knowledge by bringing idea to stable global financial crisis.please I do have vision to be great man who is influential in the world in general and solve Ethiopian problems in particular
    Sincerely thank you

  138. Martha G. Slusher says:

    I’m 48 years old. worked as a nursing assistants for several years now. I want to go back to school to pursue nursing program.I like my job but I want to promote myself by going back to school.I live in rural area. I cannot afford to go back to school but if anyone want to help me to guide me on how to apply for grant or scholarship for nursing program I appreciate so much.

  139. shey anne tarronas says:

    hi, I’m 20 years old, but haven’t graduate yet, due to financial crisis.. I really wanted to finish college because i do believe that i could help my self to be improve. when i attend school, not only that hopefully faith comes to me.. to be a better individual not just in our country but in to the world…….

    I’m asking for help to grants…… i am so eager to finish my studies especially now that I’m in the 3rd level of my achievements in life… a college student…aside from the fact that its hard to find jobs if your an undergrad person..but if i have that diplomat degree more jobs are waiting that suits in my skills and talents… moreover,its a big help not only for me but also for my family…i hope i could reserved a response from your good site..more power and god bleess u ol……..

  140. Greg Colucy says:

    My son will graduate this year. I am on disability making less than $30,000 a year. My son has a 3.3 grade average and intends to advance to college. What help can he get. Thank you Greg Colucy

  141. Gene Dewey says:

    The last I heard about “Smart Grants” they were no longer available. My son had the grant for 1-2 semesters.
    Are they back in business?

  142. Sarkari Naukri says:

    I’m 43 years old. worked as a nursing assistants for several years. now i want to go back and complete my program of nursing . Can this be possible. I also want to attend my regular job. Can you help in this ?

  143. Janira Guzman says:

    I am going for medical office management and I have missed School due to financial aid issues so I really need help is there anything that can help I really want to finish school.however financial aid wont help

  144. Asia Salome Bey says:

    Hello
    I will graduate on June 8, 2013 from a four-year institution. My aim is to return to school for a master’s in psychology. At this time, I do not have the funds to pay the high cost of tuition. I am already $40,000 (forty-thousand dollars) dollars in debt. I am trying to find a part-time job to start paying some of the bill. I need help to continue my education. I don’t have a family member who is in a position to help me pay for my master’s. Please help. Any amount of money will be appreciated. I may be contacted at my grandmother’s Email. After graduation, I will no longer be able to use my school’s Email.
    Thank you for your kindness,
    Asia

  145. sadi ghaderi says:

    Dear madam/sir

    I am Sadi Ghaderi as a PhD student of Civil Engineering in Isfahan University. My proposal is about natural disasters vulnerability in developing countries. Really my mother is illness and she is unable to walk. Also now I am PhD student and I should to pay 20,000 dollars to forward my studies.

    May you help me? I can send all of my document for you.

    Sincerely
    Sadi Ghaderi

  146. Janell Young says:

    Hi, i am an 18 year old high school graduate and im trying to multi- task with trying to find tuition scholarships and grants for cal state northridge. I am struggling to find scholarships for the major i chose which is cinema and television arts. I missed the deadlines for the schools scholarships because they were due in febuary when at the time I did not know I was going to this school. All I’m asking for is help if anyone can help me!!!

  147. Harvey Lipscomb says:

    I’m currently in school and I’m come from only a single parent with a younger sister, and I’m looking for help to keep me in college. I would like to help out my father and sister , so they wouldn’t have to struggle anymore. College is my only goal to make in life.

  148. Mr . DZATEI MENSAH says:

    I took computer science course and have HND for a long time where I wanted to continue but there was no help for me as my mother and father are all dead untill I saw this so if you can help me continue, I will be very happy and that was mt wish but there was no body to help me. I was a street kid who help himself to this level and I am now 47 years old but I still want that help to get to the university.
    My life has been very stressful until now so I am waiting for your reply.

  149. wilmy says:

    please someone help I need grants to start paying of my aviation school. I am hoping someone of good heart helps.

  150. magreth rhoden says:

    Ian 25 years old, l am Tanzanian and I have completed marketing at college bussines education two years ago, so now am seeking for some brands or scholarship to studying about gases are observe in Tanzania – mtwara, it have billion of gases are observe. You can reach me on +255266460 or email me on mandele.mage@gmail com. I will be grad to hear from you. Thanks.

  151. Victor Nkoebe says:

    Good day and thank you. I am from Lesotho and in need of financial assistance with a maximum amount of between $2000 to $2500. I am about to enroll at Charter Oak State College so as to complete a bachelor’s degree in Economics. I am requesting guidance in securing assistance. Thank you.

    Victor Nkoebe

  152. Sharon Joe says:

    Hello, I plan to attend The Art Institute in Tampa, Fl to get a degree in photography. I am seeking financial assistance to help pay for this program.

    Sharon Joe

  153. Steven Fleming says:

    I am 23 years old and mentally disabled. Fortunately, I have been accepted into a two year non degreed program that starts Fall 2014. I am very excited. I am seeking your assistance in the form of a scholarship or grant so that I can further my post secondary education. I can not get financial aid due to the program being non-degreed. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Steven

  154. Denish Okoyo says:

    Am aged 36years old and despite the age catching up with me I do believe I can make it given the chance. Its for this reason that am appealing for assistance to enable me realize my dream. The total cost is us dollar 11,100. That’s K sh 1000,000/=

  155. Tabitha Dudley says:

    Hi,

    I am 23 years old going to UAB as a Theatre major. I’ve recently decided to join the Military because I need stability in my life and I feel as if this would be an opportunity to do just that. I have no financial support from either one of my parents and never really had guidance as far as my finances goes. With that being said, I am in debt, and I can’t blame anyone but myself for this issue but I am doing the things now to correct them.
    I thought that if I joined the Military, other than them helping pay for my student loans and them giving me financial stability, this would be the perfect opportunity to start paying off said debt. I just recently found out that the Military looks at that debt as you not being stable (which is true and the number reason I decided to join), I can’t join without paying this debt off or at least having something in writing stating that I’m making payments. The only issue is, I’m barely living pay check to pay check. I’m barely making enough to survive. I don’t work very much because school takes up so much time so I had to cut my hours at work. Which is why I’m coming to you today in hopes that you would donate not to my student loans but my other debt
    (medical bills and credit cards which all adds up to about $8,500), that way I can join and start to finally get my life on track!
    I appreciate you and I look forward to hearing from you soon
    If you’re willing to help. I’m willing to accept! No donation is too small.

  156. g. cooper says:

    I AM A FULL TIME STUDENT AND MOTHER. I AM INTERESTED IN FREE GRANT TO PAY FOR MY TUITION, BOOKS AND ASSIST WITH MY LIVING EXPENSES. I MOVED TO UPPER GEORGIA 1 YEAR AGO,I HAD A JOB BUT I BROKE MY ANKLE BEFORE MY START DATE. I DID NOT GET THE JOB AND HAVE BEEN LOOKING EACH DAY FOR ANOTHER JOB. I HAVE A BS IN ORGINATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND WILL SOON HAVE MY BS IN HUMAN RESOURCES. I AM THANKFUL I FOUND YOUR SITE, PLEASE RESPOND. THANK YOU.

  157. mark menya says:

    Am Kenyan never meet university grades but am seeking assistance either grant or scholarship can you access my quest its only a request because if I continue with my schooling I might be somebody but if not am doomed

  158. ojo omolola m says:

    Hello,i want to come for my mba in your institution but i am not financially boyant i dont know if i can get a grant or loan

  159. Coden says:

    I’m codean and my sister and I could really use some money to pay our college tuition.
    We’re Jamaican nationals. At this point we’re completely lost and don’t have a lot of options.

  160. JEANNE says:

    Hello,

    question. I have a child attending a FL University. Turned in all required documents. The University Financial Aid office said I had to send them my W2 or they would suspend the Fed Grant in 2 days,
    1. can they legally demand a parent’s W2 in the first place?
    2. They even demanded it for the wrong academic year, not the 2013-14 school year and said my pertinent finacial information did not match. They were looking at the wrong year.

    You can email me back. Thank you.

  161. Roshen maduranga says:

    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    i am sri lanka. I am poor student.At present I am following a media cause.My father cant help me because he doesn’t have permanent job.If your organization can support me for my education it will be great to finish my graduation. i am not a video camera to my practically work ..please help me…
    If you can help me for that I really appreciated.Please let me know information.
    I will be waiting for your positive response.
    Thank you
    Best regards

  162. shazma says:

    i am studying in first semester of BS electrical engineering. i belong to a poor family in pakistan. i need a grant of USD 1500 per year for continuous 04 years to meet my tuition fee and boarding and lodging expenses.

  163. akpalu jerry john says:

    am a community development expert and i want to do my masters at south africa

  164. NORBERT RWECHUNGURA NICHOLAUS says:

    I need any one the to help me the grants in further study in Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science. Gog bless youfor helper.

  165. Cyiza nzagerayo josue says:

    hi,my name is cyiza joshua,am 20 ages,am from rwanda,i have dream to complete my studies in usa,plz tell me how i can meet with sponsorship in order to support me,i need scholarship plz help me,if possible let me known Cyizanzagerayojoshua@gmail.com

  166. jackson says:

    hi . am 21 yrs old and a kenyan.. i really need help so that i can persue my dream.. am in 1st yr taking electrical engineering at mt.kenya university.. your reply will be of much importance..

  167. Edmund says:

    I am a first year student of a university in Ghana.
    I will be very grateful if am being offered a scholarship or could get some school supplies to aid me in schooling.
    Thank you and be bless.

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