Different Types Of School Grants

by Mathhew Lavan - Date: 2010-10-20 - Word Count: 487 Share This!

School grants, you don't have to pay those back. Grants are a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. They are usually awarded on the basis of financial need, unlike most scholarships, and come from the usual aid providers: the federal government, the states, the schools, private organizations and individuals. Here we are letting you know about the different types of school grants available to afford financially weak students.

Pell grants:

If you are a student who is seeking financial aid help to fund their education, then you must have heard about the 'Federal Pell Grants'. When it comes to Government grants for education, the Federal Pell Grant tops the list. FAFSA, the 'Free Application for Federal Student Aid' is the form that is used to apply for the Federal Pell Grant. The Pell Grants are geared toward the students who cannot afford to complete their college education. The Federal Pell Grant offers financial aid of over $5000 for each semester. You can fill in the Federal Pell Grant application online or you can also apply for Federal Pell Grant at your college. The results of Federal Pell Grants application are declared after 3 weeks from submitting the FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG):

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is reserved for the neediest of undergraduate students at about 4,000 participating colleges. Recipients can get between $100 and $4,000 a year. Pell grant recipients get top priority. The FSEOG differs from the Pell grant in that funding for the FSEOG is not guaranteed for all qualified students. It's often up to the particular school's financial aid office. Each institute is also responsible for 25% of the allocations. If a student is chosen, the school will either credit the student's account or pay directly by check at least once per academic term.

State grants:

Many states offer their own grant program. You must be a state resident and, in most cases, go to a state-supported public college, be enrolled at least half time and, in some cases, maintain satisfactory academic progress. Such grants may be guaranteed to students with a specified grade point average or class ranking in high school. They may also be earmarked for certain expenses, such as fees, books and supplies. In some states you apply by simply filling out the FAFSA. Other states have separate applications, usually available through the financial aid office.

Private foundations school grants:

Most colleges, especially private colleges, award grants out of their own funds. They may appear quite similar to scholarships. The criteria are not always published, but colleges generally have the discretion to adjust the size of grants to financially needy students based on academic qualifications. Many colleges also award grants to students regardless of financial need. Check with your college to find out the application process, if any. Finally, private organizations, companies, associations, foundations and individuals award grants, whose criteria typically mirror those of the colleges that administer them.

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