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Government Grants Explained

August 28th, 2013

If you are looking to get a grant you naturally expect to find some offered by the government and they do offer some. There are two important types of educational grants offered in one way or another by the government. There are the federal grants and the state grants.

The federal grants are, as the name tells, grants offered by the federal government. One example is the Pell grant that is suitable for students that come from households with a low income per capita. Although it is quite strictly regulated it is still available to students and even post-graduate students that aim for a master`s degree. If you are a sophomore or freshman you can aim at the Academic Competitiveness Grant, but you will need to have excellent results in school so far. If you are in your fourth or third year and you find yourself out of money you can check out the SMART grant which is aimed at students who want to study mathematics, biology, liberal arts, engineering and so on.

Apart from the federal grants you have the State Grants which are offered by some of the states. They can be awarded based on performance, need and some are awarded based on the area of study of the student. One of the requirements is usually to study in that state. So if you want to study in another state than your own you might want to see what grants the Department of Education of that state is offering.

If these types of grants do not seem suitable for you or if you are in a special situation look for help at the local educational center or even in your University. You will probably find out about minorities grants or grants for women offered by the government that could be a better choice for you.

It is important to remember that when applying for a government grant you need to pay special attention to how you fill the application for it and to the accuracy of the data that you insert. Governments and state institutions are known for their bureaucratic processes so play by the rules to increase your chances.

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