If you are a college student or about to become a student, and you come from a low-income family, know that the government offers a federal grant for students called “Pell grant” to help students in financial difficulties.
The Pell grant helps more than 5 million students all across the US, and students may use their grants to pay for tuition at almost any school they chooses to attend. If you are not sure, the school’s financial aid administrators could tell you whether the institution is eligible for Pell grant program.
Before you start applying for a Pell grant, you must complete the FAFSA form. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) was created by the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate and determine the family EFC. Elements such as the student’s income, the parents’ income and assets and the family’s household size are all taken into account in this evaluation.
Once you have completed and filed the FAFSA, the application progress can be tracked at the Federal Student Aid Information Center.
The amount granted can change from one student to the other, but the average grant amount in the past year was close to $4,000 (it can range from $575 to $5,550).
The amount depends on your financial need, tuition costs to the selected institution, your student status (full-time or part-time student) and how many years do you plan to attend school for.
Paying for college or university is not very easy for everyone. Those who don’t have parents that can pay, need to find ideas to fund their way to school. The two major ways to get college funding are loans and grants.
Loans are given either by federal or private organizations. They are usually given for a year, and annually renewed every year in advance. The major downside is that you will need to pay them back at some point.
Grants, on the other hand, are free and there is no need to pay them back. This makes grants a fantastic option to pay the college tuition, and not worry about what will happen if you can’t pay them back.
There are various kinds of grants, for young students, single mothers and even senior citizens who wish to go back and finish their higher education. Just search and find the grant that suits your needs and apply for it.
If you need help in paying for your college tuition, CableTV.com grants $1000 to help a lucky student pay his or her college bills. Hopeful students just need to write a haiku about cable TV and share this haiku to their friends through Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. A short form of Japanese poetry, a haiku is typically made of 3 phrases done in 5-7-5 respectively.
Who can join?
Only U.S citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States can apply for this scholarship.
For incoming college freshmen, they need a high school Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4 point scale. Additionally, they must have taken the ACT or SAT test. Current college students may also apply. College applicants must be pursuing a two year course or 4 year degree in an accredited university and they must have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale.
The deadline for the submission of haiku entries is on October 31, 2012. Aspirants can visit the http://www.cabletv.com/scholarship to submit their entries. Creativity, thoughtfulness and insight are the three main factors to be used by a team of judges with submitted haiku entries. After much deliberation, the winner will be announced on November 30, 2012.
The scholarship worth $1000 can be used to pay for the winner’s tuition, school fees, books and on-campus room and board. After November 30, 2012, this amount is mailed directly to the university indicated by the lucky student in his or her application.
An associate or employee of CableTV.com cannot join this contest.
To know more about this scholarship, visit this article: Write a Haiku, Win a Scholarship
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