Grants, like scholarships are monies that don't have to be repaid because you must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible to receive them such as having exceptional financial need, your major might need to be in a certain field for eligibility or both of these criteria might be needed. In case of the Pell Grant, your cost of attendance as well as your status as a full or part time student also come into play. There are educational grants in place for students such as the Pell Grant, the Academic Competitiveness Grant the SMART Grant and the FSEOG Grant.

The government may also award grants to individuals to help that recipient of the grant carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the U.S. The money does not have to be paid back, but in order to maintain that grant there is usually some type of reporting required.

Finding a Grant

Because the government offers more than 1,000 each year through the 26 federal grant-making agencies, finding a grant can be difficult. Thankfully there are lots of services available online, but we believe the best place to start is by going straight to the main supplier of grants, the federal government. If after looking through this site you still can't find a grant for the purpose you have in mind then you might consider going to a fee based grant search service.

Applying for a Grant

In addition to finidng a grant you also need to apply for the grant once you have found one. This is a more comlicated process than most scholarships. Unlike scholarships grants require you to write a written request on why the money should be awarded to you and not someone else. There are many grant writting services out there to help you out. If you do recieve a grant you need to make sure that you meet all the targeted goals and dates, plus do the neccessary reporting to keep the grant.

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