While the economy is still recovering, there is good news for young people who want to go to college but who may need financial assistance in order to do so. The fact is that there are (and always will be, no matter what shape the economy is in) plenty of resources that potential college attendees can access in order to find financial assistance so that they can go off and enjoy the college experience. If you click on the links below, you will be taken to websites that have information about different grants and scholarships that are available to families who may not be able to afford to pay for college out of pocket. Some of these links are to government websites and some sites are to non profit organizations who specialize in raising money to help send people to college who otherwise may not be able to afford it on their own. Click on any of the links below to get information on how and where to find money to help finance your college education:
The College Scholarships website is an excellent resource for different kinds of college loans and grants. When you go to the site, look over to the left hand side to see different categories of lists for scholarships and grants. Simply click on a category that interests you, and read about what you have to do to apply for that scholarship or grant. Click here to go to the section on the website that talks about scholarships for low income families.
Scholarships.com is another site that specializes in helping potential college students find a way to finance their university education. If you are looking for financing for low income families, then you will DEFINITELY want to check out their section that talks about Pell Grants. The wonderful thing about a “grant” rather than a “scholarship” is that a grant does NOT have to be paid back !! Click here to read up on what their website has to say about Pell Grants, but make sure to also read all of the other wonderful information that this site has about scholarships and grants. If you are a single mother, click here to be taken to the page on their website that gives information about grants and scholarships for single mothers.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has a nice list of different scholarships that potential college students can apply for. Click here to be taken to their scholarship page.
The city of Pittsburgh has an excellent program for children who graduate from Pittsburgh Public Schools with at least a 2.5 GPA and a 90% attendance rating. It can add up to at least $40,000 in scholarship money to attend any college in Pennsylvania. Click on the links below to find out more about the Pittsburgh Promise program:
- Pittsburgh Promise Overview
- Pittsburgh Promise Eligibility Criteria
- Pittsburgh Promise Eligible School List
- Pittsburgh Promise How to Apply
- Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Application Guide
Needless to say, there are many other resources for scholarships and grants for low income families out there. But the list above will be a good starting point for anyone looking for help to fund their college education.
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