Grants For College Tuition: The Most Forgotten Programs

Grants for college tuition can baffle any student. The acronyms alone can confuse the best of us. I have an explanation of the sources below, followed by a link to a list that will grow over time as I add new sources. As always, once you qualify and receive grants to pay tuition, you don’t have to repay them. This is free money for college.


Some grants for college tuition don’t come from the federal government. Some are below, still use the free application for student aid or FAFSA to establish financial need. In my experience, the online FAFSA works best and fastest. Also, once you complete your first FAFSA, in future years, you don't have to enter as much information and it goes more quickly.

By the way, if you have turned 22 recently, you may qualify to apply for a grant on your own, no parents. Applying without your parents' income can often make a huge difference and qualify you for more money. And I know I always wanted to qualify for more grants for college tuition.

The Most Forgotten Grant Program

Your state! Have you checked with the financial aid office of your school or with your state education department for a tuition grant program? Several states have them and many offer great programs. If you haven't noticed, grants go mainly to people who need the money.

A Sample of Grant Programs

For example, New York State offers the Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP grant for college tuition. Based on financial need, you have to file for this one jointly with a FAFSA through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation or NYS HESC.

California has the Cal Grant program, and it looks great. It has 4 kinds of grants, and a bunch of related programs for golden state residents. Get this, maximum awards run up to about $10,000. Wow. Very helpful. Also, the Cal Grant program has a special category, Grant C, for vocational college students. It has a max award over $3000, and it includes book money. These programs also start with a FAFSA.

Ohio offers their residents the OCOG, or Ohio College Opportunity Grant, with awards from $2,500-4,000. Pretty nice, eh? Bet you’d like to be a buckeye right about now. By the way, you apply and qualify for the OCOG via the FAFSA. You get money for Ohio tuition if you have financial need, typically with a family income less than $75,000, depending on all the factors involved.

I could go on, but your eyes are glazing over. The point: There are tons of grant programs out there. Call your school. Ask about grants for tuition. Fill out a FAFSA. What do you have to lose?

And if you don’t get enough in grants, try a Stafford, Perkins or other student loan. They can help with more money for college, just don't go overboard on student loan debt.

To download my full report on state grants and several other programs, visit my Grants ebook page to get this free ebook and find more grants.

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