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Tips on Scholarships:

Scholarships are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—they are a form of financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are usually merit-based. Scholarships can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization.

Scholarships require the student to be eligible for an award.

Eligibility requirements vary by the group sponsoring the scholarship. There are thousands of scholarships, from all kinds of organizations, and they’re not hard to find. You might be able to qualify for a scholarship based on one of the following: a student, a great basketball player, a member of a certain church, or because your parent works for a particular company, or for some other reason.

Financial Need Scholarships

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors.

Some Scholarships are available because of where you or your parent(s) work, or because you come from a particular background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families). 

Where to Find Information Scholarships

1. Intended college's financial aid office

2 High school guidance counselor

3. A TRIO counselor

Federal Trio Program (Trio Program)

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Department of Education.administers the TRIO program.

TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO was given its name because it started as a group of just three programs; the name is not an acronym.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.

How to apply: (FAFSA Application)
In applying for almost any need based and some scholarships you will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for with the U.S. Department of Education, the main document that FAFSA uses for its determination of eligibility is your own (if you have worked) and your parents competed and submitted IRS Tax Form 1040.