What Are Some Tips for Finding Available Grants?

Some tips for finding available college grants include checking with the school's financial aid department for school-specific grant programs, applying for federal financial aid to determine eligibility for federal grants based on income or type of degree program and using college aid search websites to find private grants organizations offer for certain groups of students such as minorities. Another tip is to check with the state of residence; some states offer grants for local students attending schools in the state.

A tip for finding out about school-specific grants is to visit the school's website's financial aid section and looking for a link for grants. This page might show a list of what is available, the amount of funding available, application deadlines and relevant qualifications.

To find available federal grant programs, a tip is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; the results tell which grants the student might be eligible for. A tip for getting information about how to quality and how much money is awarded for federal grants is to visit the Federal Student Aid website's grants and scholarships page at Ed.gov. These grants are need-based and include the Federal Pell Grant, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.

Finally, checking the state's department of education website is a good tip for finding state-specific grants, although sometimes university websites also list these. Some examples of such grants include the Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B for California students.