After following the advice regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, Pell Grant application, and checking with your high school counselor regarding college grants and scholarships to help students pay for college, it is time to look into grants by location. These grants are usually available only to the residents a particular state. Oftentimes, this is defined as the U.S. state in which a student graduates from high school.
Find out about community college grants and check with the financial offices of public community colleges, colleges, and universities to find out what opportunities are available in the form of college grants and scholarships for residents.
Here is a list of resources for college grants and scholarships by state:
Here is a link to list individual state agencies.
Most universities also offer departmental scholarships, which are valid only if the student studies in a particular field of study. If you are creative, you may be able to win a scholarship for study in a particular field that interests you to some degree, while working on a “double major” to earn the diploma in the field in which you have your main academic passion.
Remember that the conditions to keep a scholarship can be strict. Generally the student is required to maintain a high grade point average (GPA), for that reason it is important not to overload your studies with difficult courses during your first academic year. That way you can keep a high GPA and grow accustomed to the course material as time goes by, saving the more difficult course work for the end of your studies. By that time you will already have a high GPA and if any coursework proves difficult for you and you receive a lower grade, it will not impact your overall GPA enough to negatively impact your scholarship.
With some advanced research you could find yourself not only with federal financial aid such as the Pell Grant and the FSEOG, but also with a college grant issued by your state of residence.