Free College Scholarships and Grants

By Andrew Otis , last updated August 2, 2011

Are you looking for a free government scholarship or grant to help fund your college education? As the price of a college education constantly increases in a manner that defies all manner of logical belief, finding ways to fund a college education has become increasingly difficult. There are essentially two types of scholarships and grant that are available to students: need based and merit based. This dichotomy is true for pretty much all scholarships and grants, they either have some aspect of need based requirements or they are assigned on a purely merit based scholarship. Government grants and scholarships tend to almost exclusively fall into the need based category.

Programs Available

There are over 240 federal government programs including loans and grants designed to help students pay for college. You can find a list online here: To be eligible for a scholarship you need to have demonstrable financial need, as seen with the FAFSA form. Below are some of the most common federal aid programs.

Pell Grants

To apply for a Pell Grant you must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is available online here: The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for a federal need based aid. The US Department of Education administers the Pell Grant program. It is available for all students pursuing bachelors or a professional degree and who have demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA.

More Scholarships and Grants

Here are some more, for example. They include the Byrd Honors Scholarships which give out $42,000,000 annually, the Centers of Excellent Scholarships which give out $24,602,000annually, the consolidated Tribal Government Program which give out $76,964,252 annually. In fact, there are 74 different types of scholarships available to students applying or enrolled in college from the federal government. They are all free to apply to.

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