Just as much as you need financial aid, those with money to give need somebody to give it to. In the case of most federal grants, the appropriating school loses grant budget if they don’t give all of it away. That leads to an environment where grant programs desperately want to fund your education.
With that said, here’s a list of places to find grant programs just waiting for your application:
The federal government is giving away money like it’s going out of fashion. As long as you can demonstrate a financial need, there’s a myriad of need based grants you’ll qualify for.
Here’s just a taste of some of the federal grants available:
- Pell Grant
- Academic Competitiveness Grant
- National SMART Grant
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
School Specific Grants
Certain school systems offer grants unavailable to students attending other schools. An example of this would be Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Howard P. Rawlings Program of Educational Excellence Awards grant. This is only one example; check with both your prospective college/university and your current high school for grants that might pertain to you.
Charity Sponsored Grants
There are thousands upon thousands of need based grants being offered by charities. The additional qualifications and award size for these kinds of grants vary, so you’ll need to invest some time to sort through those available.
Finding Charity Sponsored grants can be tricky. The best place to start is your high school’s guidance counselor. Charities usually (but not always) contact local high schools whenever they have grant money to allocate.