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Students attending a community college may not know that they could qualify for some financial assistance. One of the best places to start looking is through your high school guidance counselor. After that, all students should complete the FAFSA to see whether they qualify for any types of financial aid at the federal level.
After completing the FAFSA, students may want to look at the state government’s website to see what scholarship opportunities are available to students in community colleges. After taking this step, students should also inquire within the financial aid office at the community college that they would like to attend. Some community college scholarships are geared towards students with financial need while other scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. Below are some additional options for funding studies at community colleges:
Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team provides scholarships to students attending junior colleges. In fact, over two hundred awards are given out each year. These awards are given at different levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Fifty Gold Scholars are awarded $1,500 worth of tuition assistance and an additional fifty Silver Scholarships are awarded which provide $1,250 grants. Lastly, Bronze scholarships are offered which provide $1,000 worth of funding. More information about this scholarship opportunity can be found at the following website: http://www.ptk.org/default.aspx.
Horatio Alger scholarships are offered to students who are pursuing an associate’s degree. Students must show high financial need and reside within California. Furthermore, students must demonstrate that they have excelled in overcoming adversity and must be a high school graduate. Students must be younger than 35 years of age. A list of qualifying schools and additional information can be found at this website: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/vocational/.
American Indian College Fund offers the Anthony A. Weimas scholarship. This award provides up to $2,000 for American Indian students who are attending a community college with the aim of getting an associate’s degree. Students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average. More information can be found at the following website: http://www.collegefund.org/content/scholarships.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to eligible students. Students must attend a community college and be of Hispanic lineage. Furthermore, students must plan to transfer to a four year university or college. More information is available at the following website: http://hsf.net/.
Sallie Mae Fund American Dream provides grants to African American students who demonstrate high financial need. Applicants are required to hold at least a 2.5 grade point average. The number of the scholarships varies by year. The current awards start at $500 and go up to $5,000 per student. Students must plan to enroll on a full-time basis at a community college.
Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need grants are provided to students who have a financial gap between what the community college can provide and the actual cost of attending the college. The amount of the awards starts at $1,000 and go up to $3,800. In order to be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need and hold at least a 2.5 grade point average. More information is available at the following website: http://www.scholarshipsandgrants.us/community-college-scholarships/.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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