Grants for Tuition Fees
Tuition school grants can help you with all your college tuition and living expenses. The federal government, state governments, private corporations. public foundations, and colleges and universities may all offer various tuition grants based upon financial needs, degree levels, specific studies, under advantaged persons including minorities, women or disabled persons. Unlike student loans, grants are free, and recipients do not have to repay them.
Financial Need Grants
Federal Pell Grants are offered to students who demonstrate financial needs, are U.S. citizens or qualify as an eligible noncitizen. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASA) available on the government’s website at http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/grants.jsp.
States also offer various grants for students with financial needs, special needs such as disabled students, minorities, women, special fields of study including nursing or medicine, education, disabilities
Profession Grants and Endowments
Various professional grants may be offered to students in the following areas of studies:
- Communications and Media
Minority Grants and Grants to Women
Grants are offered to underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women.
For instance, The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) offers grants, scholarships and fellowships to African American students at all levels of study and provides funding to many black colleges and universities so that African American students can pursue college degrees.
The Fellowship for Ethic Minorities offers grants through the American Society of Criminology to minority students to encourage them to study in areas of law and criminal justice.
Hyatt Hotels offers grants to minority students who are pursuing a Hospitality Management degree through their Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students. The Jeannette Rankin Foundation offers grants to women who are 35 years of age or older, and who are U.S. citizens enrolled in a regionally or ACICS accredited school pursing a technical or vocation career by obtaining an associate’s degree or first bachelor’s degree who demonstrate low income and financial need. Women who are making career changes or have been displaced from college may be eligible for a grant from the American Association of University Women.
Disability Grants and Medical Conditions
There are various grants available to persons with disabilities including blindness, deafness and learning disabilities as well as medical conditions including cancer.
Nike offers grants to athletes with disabilities or severe social disadvantages under the Casey Martin Award, which was named after the pro-golfer. The Mary Switzer Research Grants are available from the U.S. Dept. of Education for post graduate students to complete their research in disability and special education fields. The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation awards grants for arts and educational programs for disabled persons and adults with special needs.
Misc. Special Studies Grants
There are a host of grants offered on subjects that are not gender specific but related to different areas such as community service, research and other areas including The Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grant Program, the Hitachi Foundation for high school students who are involved in community service and leadership roles, etc. There are government studies abroad grant programs as well.
Students should check with their financial aid office to find out what grants are offered by their school as well as which government, private and public grants are available. Most school websites provide links for students to access tuition grants. Students should apply early in order to increase their chances of receiving an award.