Last Dollar Scholarship

Up until this point, you’ve done everything right – filled out your college applications early, applied for scholarships often, submitted your FAFSA as soon as possible – but still college is beyond your reach. Then a last dollar scholarship may be just what you need to cover those minor expenses. These "last dollars" are intended to fill the gap between students' financial aid and the real costs of college, such as computers, books and supplies, room and board and even graduation expenses. A last dollar scholarship is awarded to a student whose official Expected Family Contribution (EFC), located on your Student Aid Report, and financial aid packages totals are less than the cost of tuition and fees. Last dollar scholarships vary greatly from state to state and can be the determining factor, in some cases, as to whether a student will attend college or not.

If college is just an arm’s length away don’t panic, there are countless options available to fund your education. The College Opportunity Resources for Education (CORE) Philadelphia Last Dollar Scholarship offers up to $2,000 to Philadelphia high school seniors to help pay first-year college expenses. The Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award from the State of Maryland which, when combined with the Federal Pell Grant and the EFC, will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university. Below are just some of the last dollar scholarship awards available to high school and college students. You can find more information on these and other awards by completing a profile and conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com.

ACHE Police Officers and Firefighters Survivors Educational Assistance Program
Application Deadlines:
The ACHE Police Officers and Firefighters Survivors Educational Assistance Program is a grant covering tuition, fees, books and supplies for dependents and eligible spouses of Alabama police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. There is no limit on the amount awarded to recipients. Awards are available for undergraduate study in public institutions in Alabama. Students who are [...] More

Asparagus Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
The purpose of the scholarship is to enhance the future of the grocery industry by investing in the education of young
people who are pursuing a career in the industry, especially the independent community-focused retail and wholesale
sector. The grocery industry is the world's largest industry, employing three out of every ten people who work in the
United States. The three major areas of [...] More

Associated Grocers-Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Associated Grocers–Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund was established through the generosity of the members of
Associated Grocers Inc. of Baton Rouge, La. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Sam S. Politz, a former
president and CEO of Associated Grocers Inc.

The Fund provides scholarships to assist graduating Louisiana high school students who will enroll fulltime in an [...] More

Saginaw Promise Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Saginaw Promise is a scholarship for the first two years of post-secondary education that combines private and public dollars to fund a two-year or four-year degree program at public or private college or university, accredited trade, or vocational school in Michigan. The Saginaw Promise is intended to be a "last dollar" scholarship, used to cover tuition and other mandatory fees not covered [...] More

Scholarship for People with Disabilities
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The Scholarship for People with Disabilities program is administered by Courage Center through a Scholarship Committee. Funds are made available through the private donation of Melvin and Sally Mooty. The scholarship monies are to fund tuition, books, and supplies. The program is intended to assist people who have a sensory impairment or physical disability who want to pursue educational goals or [...] More

Sertoma Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Sertoma's Scholarship for the hard of hearing or deaf, is the leading funder of scholarships for hard of hearing or deaf students since the program's inception in 1994. Students with a clinically-significant bilateral hearing loss, graduating from high school, or undergraduate students pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline are eligible for the scholarship. [...] More

Washington Women in Need Education Grant
Application Deadlines: October 31, Annually
Washington Women in Need (WWIN) makes grants to low-income women in Washington state who are ready for transformational change and looking to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities for generations to come. The Education Grant provides up to $5,000 in funding over the course of one calendar year. It can be used to pay for tuition, mandatory fees, and required [...] More

WTFI (JH Sanderson) Children's Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Warrior Thunder Foundation (WTFI), in partnership with JH Sanderson, is proud to announce the scholarship grant to the children of: United States service members who received an honorable discharge from any branch of service of the US Armed Forces; including high school, college and graduate school students, to enable the recipients to complete an undergraduate or graduate education in the [...] More

Last Edited: February 2016

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