Pell Grants And Scholarship Fund
By: Mark Hooper Smith
College tuition and fee assistance is something that many college students often need as the costs of attending a college or university have been on the rise and necessitate supplemental aid for many who cannot meet college costs out-of-pocket. Scholarships and grants are one way in which students have been able to find the funds they need to help pay college tuition, fees, and even meet extra costs like textbook purchases.
Many universities across the nation are already in session for the Fall Semester but there are still opportunities for students to obtain financial assistance for the Spring Semester or, for those who have not begun class, opportunities may still remain for financial aid from grants and scholarships.
Many scholarships and grants are available on a local, state, and federal level, but it takes a bit of research for any college student to find the financial assistance they need for their specific situation. Scholarships are often given based on merit while federal grants, like the Pell Grants, will be granted to students based on financial need.
Specific scholarships and grants are also available to students who are pursuing a specific degree, of a specific ethnic group, come from a low income family, or plan to enter a certain career after college. Small grants and scholarships can be awarded for reasons outside of these requirements, commonly, students who fall into one of these categories may have a better opportunity at finding funding from grants or specific scholarships.
Over the past months students have been able to find the funding from grants and scholarships they need to meet college tuition, fees, and textbook costs by simply researching online, talking with the financial assistance office at their college or university, or by filling out a FAFSA form for free federal financial aid.