Important College Grants and Scholarships to Consider
By Renee Gerber
, last updated October 13, 2011
For many young men and women a scholarship or grant is mandatory to fulfill their educational dreams. Unfortunately, too many students come from families that are economically disadvantaged and simply cannot afford to send them to school without outside financial help. College scholarships and grants can be of great help to many students, who can attend school and pick the major they want. This, in turn, can lead to a very successful career in the future. For many individuals whom are looking to apply for financial assistance in order to attend an institution of higher learning, there are certain questions. Most often, these are related to which scholarships or grants they should consider.
One of the first things you can do when you want some assistance in order to be able to attend college is to consider federal student aid. Through the federal government, each and every year, billions of students apply for grants to help them pay their way through college. There are certain grants, most notably TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) and Pell, that can help a financially needy student so that their financial aid for school can be reduced. How much assistance the student gets depends on their total household income. This of course includes the income of their parent or parents, not usually their own, as most often, a student will apply for these grants when they are attending college on a full time basis and may not be working. These types of grants differ from loans in that they do not have to be paid back. Depending on the financial total of your household, you can qualify for as much as a $5,000 TAP and $5,500 Pell grant.
If you still require financial assistance in addition to federal student aid, you can seek a scholarship for which to apply. These are often renewable and are given to students for each year or semester they are still in school. Of course, there are various qualifications you must meet in order to be approved for a scholarship or to continue receiving its awards. These include maintaining a good grade point average and having a definite financial need. Additionally, many scholarships are given specifically to certain types of students, so make sure that you do your homework and thoroughly research the scholarship itself prior to applying for it so that you know you fit the criteria of whom they are looking to help. For instance, one particular scholarship fund might give awards strictly to students of color, or to those planning on majoring in one particular subject. A scholarship may also be awarded to students who reside in a certain geographical location in the United States, or who are children of individuals who served in the military. The list goes on and on.
All in all, you can always find a great scholarship or grant to help you to attend college. Everyone can find financial assistance for which they will fit or meet the requirements and have a rich higher learning experience.