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What is the procedure of how to get a grant?

I need to know how to get a grant so I can pay for my first year of college. I deferred commencing my bachelor’s degree to next year because I couldn’t secure funding on time. I have been researching on the grants I qualify for to evaluate which type of award I stand a better chance of getting.

I think that I’m most suited for minority grants for college as I come from a minority tribe in Iowa state. However, I’m not sure how I should apply for these minority grants.

Brandon Scott

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Jennifer Patterson on June 6, 2018

Getting a grant as a minority in the US can be quite easy if you have the relevant information on how to go about the same. The Federal Government has established various grants that you can qualify for as a minority.

Apart from the federal government, there are other sources of grants for minorities.  You can get helpful grants from your state, minority foundations, corporate entities, and vocational groups. However, before applying, you need to identify the category that you fall into. There are two types of minority grants:

  • Ethnic grants: These are awards given to students basing on their cultural background such as Native Americans, Hispanics, African American, Asian American, and so forth.
  • Non-ethnic grants: These are grants given to students who have various physical barriers that curtail their pursuit of higher learning. These include grants for women and disability grants.

After identifying the type of grant that you can apply for, the next step is to check out all the federally provided grants that you can get. Why do I say this? The Federal Government is the best provider of college grants for minorities. It does not impose stringent rules and conditions that lock you out of application even before you start.

Some of the federal grants that you can apply for include the National SMART grant, the Pell Grant, the Academic Competitiveness Grant and the FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant). These grants receive a high number of applications each year, therefore, try to fill out your FAFSA before the deadline comes.

This act will give you a better chance of getting awarded these grants.

In the unfortunate event where you do not secure a federal grant or want to increase your chances of getting a grant, you can apply for the many state-offered grants available. The procedure of applying for these grants varies depending on the state and type of grant. Therefore, I suggest that you check out each grant individually to understand how to apply for it.

The following is an example of a state-provided grant that you can apply for. Feel free to click on the link to learn more about these awards.

IMAGES - As a student from Iowa yourself, you can take advantage of this grant. It is a need-based grant given to first-time undergraduate students. To remain eligible, you need to maintain a 2.0 GPA yearly and finish 24 credit hours. 


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