Home > Financial Aid > Grants > College Based Grants

College-Based Grants

There are many sources of grant funding available. In addition to federal and state grants there are college-based grants for enrolled students with financial need. Check with your school for campus grant opportunities. Remember to still apply for federal grants. College-based grants are just an extra source of funding to keep college costs as low as possible.

Sources of Grant Funding

There are college-based grants that are need-based, and there are grants for other criteria. College-based grants are not exclusive to extremely impoverished students. While federal programs, such as Pell and FSEOG usually awarded to families who make $20,000 per year or less, are reserved for the extremely impoverished, other grants do not have strict financial standards. There are college-based grants based on family income and for other interests, including area of study, intended career, academic merit, athletic ability, social action, and community service.

College-Based Grant Criteria

College-based grants are awarded to supplement federal and state grants to make college more affordable. For example, student-athletes can get college-based grants on top of other athletic scholarships. Public and private colleges offer campus-based grants for minorities, women, or out-of-state students, and legacy students. Private colleges use grants to encourage their top recruits to attend their school and to offset tuition for enrolled students with financial need when federal aid does not cover the full cost of attendance.

Finding College-Based Grants

To find college-based grants on your campus, contact your college’s financial aid office. They have information about available grant programs and the application process. Some college-based grants are automatically awarded to all students who complete the FAFSA by the college deadline, and others have a separate application. Check with your department, for college-based grants for your major. Conduct a free college scholarship to find campus-based grants at your desired college/university, and to find other college grants and scholarships.

Last Reviewed: May 2017

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Scholarships for the American Dream

May 26, 2017

by Susan Dutca

As we celebrate Memorial Day by honoring and remembering those who died while serving our country, we explore what it means to be American. In light of this, we've come up with a list of scholarships for Americans, based on a variety of criteria. Here you'll find free college scholarships for American citizens, college scholarships for ethnic-Americans, free college scholarships for veterans/military scholarships, and more! If you're proud to be an American and believe in the American dream – whatever that may entail, then check out these patriotic college scholarships for 2017 and help fund your American dream: [...]

Department of Education Seeking Single Loan Servicer

May 23, 2017

by Susan Dutca

The U.S. Department of Education will offer a contract to a single loan servicer to manage its $1.2 trillion student loan portfolio, which contains over 43 million borrowers. Instead of keeping its current contract with four different services, the ED will award Navient, GreatNet or the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) the contract. What exactly does this mean for borrowers? [...]

Private Colleges Offering Free College Scholarships, Grants, & Discounts at Historic Levels in 2017

May 16, 2017

by Susan Dutca

The chances of getting into a private college at a significantly discounted price are fairly high these days, according to a new report by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. But have students always paid those crazy expensive college tuition costs? [...]

Follow Us:

facebook twitter rss feed