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Financial Aid

Scholarships and Grants

There are billions of dollars available in scholarships! Don't let lack of time or dread of writing an essay keep you from missing out on needed financial aid. A couple of hours of work can pay off in a big way. The more money students can win from scholarships and grants, the less student loan debt the student will have to pay back after graduation.

Scholarship Resources

A scholarship is generally an amount awarded to a student to enable him or her to attend an educational institution.

  • Scholarships do not have to be paid back.
  • Most have firm application deadlines and specific criteria you must meet.

Types of Scholarships

  • Need-based scholarships
  • Merit-based scholarships
  • Student-specific scholarships: Applicants must qualify based on gender, race, religion, family or medical history.
  • Career-specific scholarships
  • Local scholarships

Scholarship Resources


A grant is a sum of money awarded to students by an organization, often from a government or university. Many grants are need based and require you to apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Note: You may have to repay a grant if you withdraw early from the program, your enrollment status changes in a way that reduces your eligibility, or you received outside scholarships that reduce your need for federal student aid.