In addition to the primary sources of financial aid (loans and scholarships), other kinds of aid are available to many students. These other types of aid fall into eight broad categories:
- Free Scholarship Lotteries
- Federal and State Government Aid
- College-Controlled Aid
- Student Profile-Based Aid
- Aid for Graduate and Professional School
- Aid for Elementary and Secondary School
- Aid for Specific Activities
- Innovative Programs
Free Scholarship Lotteries
Several sites have started giving away scholarships to attract
traffic. Look here for a list of the largest free scholarship lotteries.
Federal and State Government Aid
US Federal Government Aid
Here you'll find information about the various forms of aid available from the
US State Government Aid
Look here for pointers to state aid programs and residency requirements for
Section 529 Plans: Prepaid Tuition Plans and College Savings Plans
Section 529 plans are state-sponsored college savings programs. The
two major types are Prepaid Tuition Plans, which lock in current
tuition rates, and State College Savings Plans, which offer
more flexible investing options. Both are useful ways for families to
save for their children's college education.
Scholarships for Volunteering and Community Service
Volunteering can not only help the disadvantaged, but it can provide money for
your college education. Learn about the National Service Scholarships Program,
AmeriCorps, and other awards for community service.
Aid resources for veterans and their dependents and for students interested in
pursuing careers in the military.
Education Tax Benefits
Information about the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning tax
credits, the deduction for student loan interest, tax treatment of
employer education assistance, and other tax benefits for education.
Employer Tuition Assistance
Information about employer education assistance, including the $5,250
exclusion from income, employer-sponsored scholarships and
surveys and statistics concerning employer tuition assistance.
School Financial Aid Office Web Sites
Look here for information about your school's financial aid policies and
procedures, including application deadlines.
Tuition Payment Plans
Tuition payment plans are short-term installment plans that split your tuition
into equal monthly payments.
School-Specific Scholarships and Fellowships
Scholarship and fellowship programs offered only at specific schools, including
college-controlled merit scholarships.
Partnerships between certain community colleges and four-year colleges
make it easier for students to transfer from a community college into
a four-year college. Studying for two years at a community college can
save the student a significant amount of money.
Student Profile-Based Aid
Sources of financial aid and other useful information for foreign nationals
studying in the US.
Scholarships, loans and other sources of aid for Canadian students, in both
Canada and the US.
Students with Disabilities
Resources specific to students with disabilities.
Scholarships, grants and other awards intended specifically for female students.
Scholarships, award programs and advice specifically for members of ethnic
Older and Nontraditional Students
Financial aid information for students age 30 and older.
Financial aid information for Jewish students.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students
National, regional and school-specific scholarships for gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender students.
Undocumented Students and Illegal Aliens
Financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students and illegal aliens.
Ayuda Financiera del Estudiante en Espanol
Financial aid information and resources in Spanish.
Scholarships for cancer patients, cancer survivors, children of a
cancer patient or survivor, students who lost a parent to cancer, and
students pursuing careers in cancer treatment.
Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships
A list of the most prestigious, competitive and lucrative scholarships
Aid for Graduate and Professional School
Options and tips for funding a postgraduate education.
Awards and advice specific to MBA students.
Awards and advice specific to law students.
Awards, professional organizations and other resources specific to medical
Aid for Elementary and Secondary School
Private Elementary and Secondary
Financial aid available to parents of children attending private elementary or
Aid for Specific Activities
Some groups, particularly professional organizations, hold contests that offer
cash and other prizes.
Domestic Exchange and Study Abroad Programs
A variety of loans, scholarships, grants and tuition-reduction options are
available for students studying abroad, or participating in domestic exchange
Grants are a form of financial aid, based on need, which you do not have to
repay. Numerous private organizations and government agencies offer grants to
students in all fields.
Sports Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships and Financial Aid for Student Athletes
Information about sports scholarships and other resources for the
Specific Majors or Courses of Study
Scholarships and awards available to students pursuing specific majors,
such as computer science, engineering, journalism, nursing, etc.
Student Sponsorships and Education Investments
Private benefactors and investors provide students with funding for
their education in exchange for a fixed percentage of the student's future
income for a fixed number of years. Many students find these as an
attractive alternative to loans.
Early Awareness Initiatives
Early awareness initiatives try to
increase the number of students pursuing a college education by
encouraging them to consider college as a real possibility when they
are young. Many lower-income children give up on college when they are
very young, as early as the first or second grade. By the time they
reach high school and change their minds, they often lack the
necessary preparation. Early awareness programs try to stop pipeline
leakage when the students are young by encouraging them to aspire to
and plan for college. This increases the number of students pursuing
challenging courses, the number of students graduating from high
school, and the number of students matriculating in college.