Paying for college is difficult given the skyrocketing cost of tuition and this makes it imperative for most students to find different financial grants for school. These options are offered by the federal government, state governments and private organizations. All of them are provided with the aim of ensuring that qualified candidates can afford to pay for their education, particularly given the tough economic times.
Both the federal government and many state governments provide grant money to college students. The Pell Grant, for instance, gives $5,550 to students in financial need. Administered by the Department of Education, the program originally began as the Higher Education Act of 1965. It is only available to American citizens and legal permanent residents and they must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply. On the state level, California also provides funding to college students. The CalGrants program gives up to $12,192 to state residents for tuition, books, room and board. The money must be used at a qualifying California college or university.
Male high school graduates enrolled in a nursing program can apply for a scholarship from the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). The group aims to increase the number of male nurses and support male nursing professionals. To that end, it has given 50 individual grants of $1,000 every year since 2004. The AAMN offers both the Jadeh Marselis-Moore Student Nurse Essay Contest, and the John Murray Student Nurse Essay Contest. High school graduates enrolled in a college or undergraduate nursing program can also take advantage of the FNSNA Scholarship. Established by the Foundation of National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA), the program gives selected candidates anywhere between $1,000 and $2,500.
Although women are more likely than men to graduate from college, there is grant money to help them afford their educational expenses. One such program is the P.E.O. Star Scholarship. Created in 2009, it gives money to students attending college in either the United States or Canada. It gives $2,500, which can be applied towards books, equipment or tuition. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher and must be 20 years or younger. Also available for female students are the many grants and scholarships provided by the Daughters of the American Revolution National Society. These include the Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship, which give $1,000 to college juniors and seniors majoring in economics, history, government, or political science.
There are several grants for minority students to pay for college. Many of these programs were created because minority students remain under-represented at colleges and universities across the country. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program was specifically created to help minorities finance their college degree. It provides money for the unmet needs of 1,000 students annually. Applicants must be Americans or green card holders with a 3.3 GPA. There is the Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIASF) Scholarship Fund for students of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. It gives up to $8,000 to selected recipients. To qualify, applicants must have at least a 2.7 GPA, or have completed a GED degree, and must be enrolled in an accredited college.