Universal fact remains that student life is always characterized by limited monetary resources.
College education expenses are skyrocketing. Student grants worldwide are looked at as a
non-profit scholarship and fund of such grants is focused to support students financially. State,
Colleges, few communities and various federal agencies provide student grants. Monetary
aid provided in form of Student grant to eligible students enrolled for higher education with
colleges, universities, business schools are utilised for covering fees for tuitions, academic
books, materials and apparatus, or travel expenses when going abroad, lodging and boarding
and utility bills. However, they can spend the grant on whatever they want. Income parameters
of family and/or personal are thoroughly assessed when a student applies for a student grant.
Chances are higher for student applicants with the best motivation. Hence, it is recommended to
spend considerable time writing good motivating application. Initial procedure of applying for
student grant includes filling out FAFSA form. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) carries
high importance on deciding the eligibility for the grant.
Few of the popular grants are listed below for your ready reference:
Federal Pell Grant is one of the most popular programs that provide need based grants for low
income undergraduates and post baccalaureate students as well to enhance the literacy level of
postsecondary education. However, students are likely of not receiving the grant for more than
one school at any given point of time.
Grant amount is derived on the basis of parameters such as:
- Details provided in the student's (EFC) Expected Family Contribution.
- Attendance cost (as per the norms of the institution)
- Enrolment status of the student (full-time or part-time)
- Whether the student attends the course full academic year or less.
This further explains the entire formula in detail
for the benefit of the students.
Added advantage to students receiving Pell grant is that they also might receive grants from
several other programs:
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program.
- Academic Competitiveness Grant
- National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant.
State Government reserves rights to decide eligibility criteria for availing state grants.
Classic example is of Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program; basically provided
for those students who are looking forward to choose teaching as their career.
College level grants
Financial aid provided by college to students on the basis of their FAFSA details and
other eligibility criteria is known as College grant. For example: many colleges offer
grants to outstanding athletes.
Career specific grants
Grant awarded to students pursuing careers in precise categories is termed as Career
specific grants. Teacher Education Assistance for College and higher education
(TEACH), Grant Program and Nursing Scholarship Program are fine examples of such
Career specific grants.
Student specific grants
Grants offered by specific communities or association post consideration of family
backgrounds and other specific features are called Student specific grants. It is mainly
provided to students with physical disabilities, military backgrounds, minorities and few
Grants offered to students having a unique hobby or talent are called unique grants.
Looking at the nature of eligibility it is supposed to be less competitive as student with
unique talents can only apply unlike scholarships provided on merit. It is specifically
designed to match requirements of prospective students to attain college education for
better academic prospects.