Where to Start
Fellowships & Grants
Post high school education now costs more than ever. But education after high school
is also much more important now than ever. So don't let lack of funds be the
reason that you don't continue your education. Look into as many sources of aid
as you can. Here are a few places to help you get started:
- Your public library is a good starting place for information on state and
private sources of aid. However, a lot of public library books can have fairly
old information. Once you have found a particular program that you are interested in,
try looking it up online for more current information.
- Check with your parent's place of work for financial aid information. Many
companies and labor unions, have programs to help their employees/members and
- The financial aid administrator at each school in which you're interested
can tell you what aid programs are available there and how much the total cost
of attendance will be.
- Your states higher education institutions can give you information about state aid. To
get your state agency's contact information contact your school's financial aid
office or call: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
- National service programs such as AmeriCorp provide awards in return for
community service work. You are working to help others as well as yourself. You
can write to: The Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20525, for more information.
- Check foundations, religious organizations, fraternities or sororities, and
town or city clubs. They will often sponsor scholarship competitions.
- If you are a dependent of a veteran you may be eligible for veteran
financial aid. Check with your local Veterans' Affairs office for details.