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College Scholarship Grants
Do you know how much a college education is these days?
Can you get financing?
It is very true that a college education is very, very expensive! Parents are gasping when they delve into the costs for tuition, books, housing and other fees. This is true of state and community colleges.
There are a host of fees which comprise the cost of a college education and the cost of tuition is a small part of the big picture of going to college. Other expenditures includes food, housing, extra money, and other ancillary fees which may seem minor but they add up quite quickly.
Most families apply for financial aid. College grants and scholarships are also available for financial assistance.
Grant and scholarship programs do not have to be paid back. Typically, there are two kinds: (1) a need for financial assistance, which is given due to the current financial burdens of the family (2) merit, if the student has potential for a scholarship in sports or music or art. Academic ability is also considered under the merit-base college grant and scholarship.
However most, college grants and scholarship programs combine merit and other criteria to assist with the whole financial aid process. Many students and families are looking out for this type of financial aid. However, the number of college grants and scholarships are decreasing annually due to the growing number of students who apply to colleges year after year.
There are a number of federal and state scholarship programs. Such as:
Pell Grants – this program is funded nationwide and it purpose is to endow assistance to qualified undergraduates who would like to attend college. Consequently, grants and scholarships of this kind are given to those who have not finished an undergraduate degree.
The amount of the grant varies from year to year and depends largely on the student’s financial need. Any expenses incurred while attending the chosen university or college, and the amount of funds available.
These grants provide an opportunity for students to obtain financial aid from the national government.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or the FSEOG is a program for undergraduate students who have desperate financial needs. However, this aid is not easy to obtain. This will largely depend up the student and the availability of finances of the particular school.
Another type of financial aid that students can turn to is a loan. However, this type of financial assistance needs to be paid back. The needs of the family should be taken into consideration in an effort to avoid paying high interest rates.
It is also imperative that you understand all the terms of lending agencies such as the repayment schedule, interest rates, before you sign any document.