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College & Financial Aid Information

This guide offers information about financial aid, academic funding opportunities, and colleges in the U.S.

Key Terms

Grants provide money for college that does not have to be paid back. They can come from the state or federal government, from a college, or from private sources. We'll take this opportunity here to remind you to fill out FAFSA (financial aid). Many grants determine eligibility by looking at your FAFSA results. 

There are also Student Research Grants that support graduate student research projects leading to master's or doctoral degrees.

Scholarships provide money for college that does not have to be paid back. They can come from the government, college, or private sources. There are several different types of scholarships, including ones awarded based on academic merit, work as a volunteer, and financial needs. 

Work Study is a college program that enables students to work part-time while attending school. In order to find out if you qualify for this opportunity, you must fill out your FAFSA.

Tuition Reimbursement and Tuition Assistance are employee benefits in which an employer offers to pay for all or part of an employee's tuition for coursework or training.

Getting Started

We understand that academic funding can be a daunting process, so here are a few resources to help make the pursuit of higher education a little bit easier. Please click on either Grant Writing Resources or Find Scholarships to discover useful resources.

Tips

  • Prior to applying for either a grant or scholarship, complete and file your FAFSA. It can also help get you any state programs that are offered in addition to grants and scholarships.
  • Find out if any community organizations that you or your family are a part of offer scholarships or grants.
  • Find our if a company that a parent works for offer scholarships or grants for children of employees.
  • Search for grants and scholarships awarded to students in a specific field of study.
  • Search for companies that offer tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance for employees.

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