Students can get a grant for college in the United States by determining eligibility, completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile and determining their expected family contribution. Most colleges require the FAFSA, with some also requiring the CSS Profile, states Forbes magazine. Grant options include the federal government Pell Grant and grants through specific colleges.
The following steps are typically required to receive a grant for college:
- Determine eligibility
- Complete the FAFSA
- Complete CSS Profile
- Calculate expected family contribution (EFC)
Some grants, such as Pell Grants, are based on specific factors such as student's status and length of time attending the school. Students should determine whether they meet the basic eligibility criteria before proceeding.
Students should complete the FAFSA, which is available online. This form is required for students wishing to receive the Pell Grant, states the U.S. Department of Education. Most colleges also require this form for their grant programs.
Students should also complete the CSS Profile if their schools require it.
Students should calculate their EFC. If they submit the FAFSA online, this will be calculated for them. The EFC is the minimum amount students are expected to contribute to the cost of their colleges. If the amount is less than the school's total cost, the student qualifies for aid based on need.