Grants and Scholarships
What kinds of scholarships are available?• Some scholarships for college are merit-based.
• Other scholarships are based on financial need.
• Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people.
What kinds of scholarships are available?• A scholarship might cover the entire cost
of your tuition.• It might be a one-time award of a few
hundred dollars. • Either way, it’s worth applying for, because
it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.
When do I apply for scholarships?• That depends on each scholarship’s
deadline.• Some deadlines are as early as a year
before college starts.• Do not give up
How do I apply for scholarships?• Each scholarship has its own
requirements. • The scholarship’s website should give you
an idea.• Make sure you read the application
• Grants and scholarships are the most desirable types of funding you can receive.
• The most popular grants are broken down by the federal, state and college level.
• Do your research.• Student loans should always be kept at a
Applying for Grants• Filling out a FAFSA.• The neediest students will be eligible for
the most grant funding on the federal level.
• Grants from private groups will often have an application process.
Federal Grants• The most popular federal grant is the Pell
Grant.• These grants go primarily to undergraduates.• The grants are dependent on federal funding. • The maximum Pell grant for the 2013-2014
school year is $5,635.
Federal Grants• Those found eligible for Pell Grants may
also receive funding through other grants.
• Pell recipients may also be eligible for the Academic Competitiveness Grant.
State Sponsored Grants• Most states offer grants to students
based on specific criteria.• The Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC)
Program.• Education and Training Vouchers for
Youths Aging Out of Foster Care program.
State Sponsored Grants• Contact state-based educational
organizations, local higher education assistance foundations, your high school and your intended college.
• Scholarship searches.
College-Based Grants• Most colleges will have a pool of funding
available to assist low-income students.• Grants may also be awarded based on
merit, field of study or other characteristics specific to the student.
• College-based grants may change from year to year.
Career Specific Grants• Grants awarded to students interested in
pursuing a particular career have become more common.
• Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program.
Career Specific Grants• Grants targeting nursing students include
the Nursing Scholarship Program.• Both teachers and nurses also have a
number of scholarship opportunities available to them.
Grants by Degree Level• Most grants target undergraduates.• High school students rely on scholarships and
grants to cover tuition.• Incoming freshmen with a better idea of what
they would like to study, or who have a particular talent they’ll be pursuing on the college level, may be eligible for other grants.
Grants by Degree Level• Grants for graduate students are harder to
find.• If you’re a returning student, check with your
employer. • Often, private companies will offer scholarship
and grant opportunities for employees looking to further their educations .
Student Specific Grant• Grants exist for nearly every
characteristic you can think of.• Make a list of what makes you special.• The most common student specific
grants are those available to minorities.
Student Specific Grant• The United Negro College Fund for
African Americans.• Students with disabilities also have many
options.• The Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act of 1975.
Unique Grants• As scholarships come in all wacky shapes
and sizes, so do grants. • Think about what makes you stand out.• Consider contacting local organizations if
the field of study you’re pursuing in college is a unique one.
Academic Competitiveness Grant• National Science and Mathematics
Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART).• If you’re also a Federal Pell Grant
recipient, contact your college’s financial aid office for more information.
What is an ACG?• The award was first disbursed for the
2006-2007 school year.• The program is both need- and merit-
based. • Determine whether you’re eligible for the
TEACH Grant and how much funding you could be eligible to receive.
Who may be eligible for ACG Grants• Are you eligible?• Such programs include Honors, IB or AP
courses.• Those who are found to be eligible
during their sophomore year of college must also maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
How much money can I get?• Students can get up to $750 for the first
year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year of undergraduate study.
• That amount is subject to change.
Do I need to know anything else?• As of July 1, 2009, the Secretary of Education
will not be adding new programs to the list of those programs considered “rigorous.”
• That list is still subject to change, however, if a program official lobbies for a particular program’s inclusion on that list.
Grants for survivors• Beating a tough illness is difficult enough
without worrying about how you’re going to pay for college.
• The Cancer Survivors' Fund.• There are also a number of cancer
Grants for international students• International students looking to study
here aren’t out of luck when it comes to finding funding.
• Fulbright Scholar Program through the Council for International Exchange for Scholars.
• Florida resident • U.S. citizen • eligible non-citizen• Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application• Florida high school diploma• Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a
felony charge• earn at least 24 semester credit hours