Paying for college can be overwhelming for students and their families as tuition prices continue to rise. There are many scholarships, grants and other financial aids available to help these students. Choosing the right grant for any specific student can be daunting as there are so many available. Grants are often based on area of study, academic records, specific college chosen and sometimes geographical location. Here are three types of non-government college grants to consider in New York.
Each college has a fund of grants available to award to their incoming freshmen and existing students. It is important to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form before applying for these types of grants. Even though the specific grant is not necessarily funded by the government this application will have all of the financial information needed to determine if the student qualifies for a grant from their chosen college. If the student participates in any extracurricular activity there may also be additional grants associated with that activity from a specific college. One example is the Alfred State College Athletic Talent Grant. This grant is specific to Alfred College but is only one example of a sports grant. College based grants are not limited to sports but may include items such as debate, drama or technology. Contact the specific college for additional information on grants currently available as they do change from one year to the next.
Students who are interested in studying certain areas that are in need of qualified people may be able to get grants if they are willing to work in that field for a specific amount of time. Examples include nursing and teaching. Students willing to teach in inner city schools or nurses willing to work for a couple of years at a specific clinic can get grants to pay for part of their education. Technology and engineering are other fields where there are often grants and scholarships available from private companies. Verizon is one example of a company that provides a scholarship for qualifying students who will be studying engineering.
Every student is unique and this individuality is a great way to get grants. There are a wide variety of grants available to minorities and students with special needs. There are also grants available for tall people, students who love rockets and students who want to write. Living Beyond Belief is an organization that provides grants in the state of New York for students who have worked to improve awareness of HIV and Aids.
Make a list of individual interests, characteristics and extra-curricular activities. Use this list to search for grants. There are grants available for cancer survivors from the cancer survivor’s fund, grants for children of military from the General Henry H Arnold Education Grant Program and grants for women from The American Association for University Women.
Finding grants for college bound students can be labor intensive, but also well worth the effort. Many students can find enough grants to pay for much of their college tuition.