Back to School '09 | Get Financial Aid for School

Published August 17, 2009

Don’t have $8,000 to $30,000 a year to spend on tuition at a college or university? Besides the scholarships or aid offered at the institution of your choice, there are many federal and private programs to help lighten the financial burden. Just remember to start on it early and check with your school for additional advice. Check out these Web sites below:

Federal

Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid: Check out this publication to get info on financial aid from the government. Such aid includes grants, loans and work-study programs.

State

Many states have their own unique requirements when it comes to giving out aid to residents. Look at Ed Online's College Compass for more information on the types of programs offered in each state.

Private

The United Negro College Fund:  For more than 65 years, this nonprofit has provided financial aid assistance to college students based on their academics and financial need.

Black Excel: This Web site lists scholarship resources for Black students. The scholarship list has been called the “most comprehensive” for African-American students, according to the site.

The College Board: This is another nonprofit dedicated to helping college-bound students.

National Merit Scholarship: This program is run by a nonprofit organization and conducts both the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program – scholarships that recognize academic achievement.

 

More web resources:

A Better Chance

Fast Web

Sallie Mae’s College Answer

Written by <P>By BET.com Staff</P>

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