Are you searching for scholarships and grants to help pay for your college tuition and other college expenses? YourTuition can help you search dozens of scholarships and grants to find out which aid you are eligible for. First, learn the difference between scholarships and grants and find out which one is right for your individual circumstances.
A scholarship is a sum of money or other aid granted to a student to pay for tuition and other educational expenses. Scholarships are typically offered by educational institutions and private organizations and charities, and you are not required to repay scholarships. Thousands of scholarships are available for students on the basis of:
- Academic performance
- Financial challenges
- Minority status
- Area of study
- Submission for an academic contest
A fellowship is a financed research post providing study facilities and other privileges, often in return for teaching services. Fellowships are typically offered at the graduate level.
A grant is also a sum of money or other aid granted to a student to pay for tuition and other educational expenses. Yet grants are typically offered by state and federal governments. Grants are usually awarded based upon financial need and do not have to be repaid. Examples of grants include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Academic Competitiveness Grant
- National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
- Institutional Grants
Federal Pell Grant
A Federal Pell Grant is typically awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. The amount you receive in a Federal Pell Grant is based upon your financial need, the costs to attend your school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant)
The TEACH Grant provides money to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG Grant provides money to undergraduates with exceptional financial need.
The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
The Academic Competitiveness Grant is a small grant that a student may be eligible for as long as the combination of the ACG Grant and Pell Grant do not exceed the student's cost of attendance.
The National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant)
The National Smart Grant is available during the last two years of undergraduate study to at least half-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who maintain a 3.0 grade point average while majoring in physical sciences, life sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering, a critical foreign language, or a non-major single liberal arts programs.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
An Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is available to any student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.
Most colleges provide other institutional grants on the basis of financial need, academic performance, or other factors.
So take a moment now and search YourTuition for scholarships and grants that can help pay for your tuition.