Other Scholarship Opportunities

You may qualify for other scholarships and financial aid.  We have compiled a list of sites to assist you with your search.

Financial aid can be categorized in two ways: financial need-based, and non need-based.  Keep in mind that students and their parents are responsible for paying what they can; financial aid is a supplement, not a substitute, for family resources.  For non-need based aid, factors generally include academic excellence, ethnic background, or organization membership. Corporations may also offer assistance to employees and children. 

Federal Student Aid

 
  • Provides nearly 70% of student aid through loans, grants and work/study programs.
  • Available to all need-based applicants; some loans and competitive scholarships for non need-based.
  • Free information from the United States Department of Education:
  • Loans are the most common federal aid and must be repaid when you graduate or leave college. Student loan types are 

    • Subsidized and unsubsidized
    • Plus loans
    • Perkins Loans
    • Federal v. Private
  • Perkins Loans for the most needy undergraduates; through participating schools.
 
  • "Congressional" scholarships:
  • Named for Member of Congress or other prominent individual (such as Byrd Honors Scholarships, Fulbright fellowships)
  • Merit-based and highly competitive
  • Members of Congress do not play a role in selecting recipients
 
  • Work study programs allow you to earn money while in school:
    • Federal Work Study Program: college campus jobs
    • For questions not covered by the Department of Education website, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.

State Aid

States offer residents a variety of scholarships, loans, and tuition exemptions.
 

 

Colleges and Universities

Higher education institutions provide some 20% of aid, most need-based. Check university websites and the institution’s financial aid office when you apply for admission.

 

Private Aid

Private foundations, corporations, and organizations offer scholarships or grants:
College Board Scholarship Search
FastWeb
Accredited Colleges - Find accredited colleges and trade programs nationwide including scholarships available. 

Targeted Aid for Special Groups

 

Public Service

Federal assistance programs seek to encourage people to work in geographic areas or professions where there’s a particular need (such as doctors in underserved areas); encourage underrepresented groups to enter a particular profession; and provide aid in exchange for services provided (such as military service).

  • AmeriCorps Education Award
    Volunteers who complete one year of service receive an education award for current higher education expenses or to repay student loans.

  • e-Scholar
    Scholarships, grants, fellowships, internships, and cooperative education with federal agencies.

  • Indian Health Service
    Scholarships for American Indian/Alaskan Native health profession students and loan repayment for persons working in IHS facilities.

  • Nursing Scholarships
    Offered in exchange for two years of service in areas with critical nursing shortages.

Online Colleges

Recently  there has been a move by the nation's most respected universities and colleges (not-for-profit) to launch online degree programs that provide flexibility and affordability. The Affordable Colleges Online - Accredited Online College Options has a search page that allows students to find and research nonprofit, accredited online colleges by state, subject, religious affiliation and other specialties. There is also a Guide to Online Colleges for Military Personnel and Veterans for current service members and veterans seeking accredited, military-friendly online learning opportunities. 

Are you a student with questions about the application process? Get in touch with Stephanie Mejias, Grants and Scholarship Administrator by email or call her directly at (561) 340-4504.