Requirements for Applying for an Education Grant

January 9, 2013

If you need help with paying for your college education you have a variety of resources, including loans, grants, scholarships and Federal student aid. Grants are among the best types of financial assistance since they often give you more than Federal student aid and are easier to obtain than scholarships. However you will need to do your research and read the guidelines very closely. If you make an error file filing out your application, don't meet all the eligibility requirements, or don't provide documentation asked of you, you will be denied the grant money.

Eligibility Requirements

The first requirement to keep note of when applying for an education grant is the eligibility requirements. Each individual grant will have different requirements for eligibility which range from your income to the type of degree you're hoping to obtain. You must be familiar with the eligibility requirements not only to determine if you have a chance getting the grant but also so you know what other requirements there will be. Some grants require you to provide documentation, such as what your income is, what college credits you have to get your master's degree, or an essay explaining why you want a particular degree or major.

Apply for FAFSA

Most grants, whether Federal or from another organization, want you to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before applying for the grant. This is required for several reasons. It shows the grant association or organization what degree you want, what college you have applied for or are enrolled at, and if you meet their other eligibility requirements like your income or how many hours you will attend college. You can also use it as supplemental financial aid since you can get FAFSA and money from a separate grant.

Required Documents

There are also a number of documents you will need when applying for an education grant. This includes proof of income, proof of residence (utility bill or tax returns), transcripts from high school or your last college, statement of intent which will show your educational goals and background, personal or professional references, proof of citizenship since most require you to be a US resident or legal non-resident, achievements or accomplishments, and other requirements based on the individual grant. If you're transferring from another college, you will want to have access to your transcripts which show the transferrable credits you have completed.

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