What is a grant?

A grant comes either from your school or the US government and is typically awarded based on financial need. A grant is different than a loan; usually you don't have to repay the money awarded from a grant. In one sense they are like free money. Because wealthy individuals and companies are giving this money away for free, they expect you to meet a few qualifications. Meeting those qualifications will qualify you for the grant.

Who Can Qualify?

There are many different types of grants available. Just to name a very few of the categories available:

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-Individuals with financial hardship (unemployed, on government aid)



-State residents: Some states have programs only for their residents

-Trade specific: Some trades have specialty needs like Aerospace, and so badly need specially trained workers, they will help to pay for their training.

-Individual specific: If you have served in the military, are from a culturally disadvantaged area, or are an adult looking to enter a new field, you may be eligible for additional programs.

-Subject specific: There are some programs specialty for certain subjects like STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

-Grant for service: These types of grants are awarded to individuals who make an impact on their community.

    As you can see there are many different ways to qualify, and with a small amount of effort, you can find a program that is right for you!

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