Grants are not available only to students pursuing bachelor’s degree programs. Students at community colleges can also qualify for grants based on their financial needs, despite the fact that community college tuition is often less than tuition rates at four-year colleges and universities. Community college grants are usually funded by federal and state organizations and aim to increase attendance and completion rates at community colleges. Some privately-funded grants may be available from companies hoping to increase the pool of qualified professionals in their industry.
The amount of funding awarded usually depends upon the student’s demonstrated financial need, the student’s contribution, the cost of tuition, the source of the grant, and more factors. These grants may range from $100 to thousands of dollars per academic year. In order to document your financial needs, most federal college grants require you to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Some community college grants are only available to students pursuing community or vocational college, but others are available for students attending any type of first undergraduate program. In general, you must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for most community college grants. But others may come with other eligibility requirements. For example, the California Student Aid Commission offers the Chafee Grant for Foster Youth is available only to students who are or were in foster care. Financial aid offices at community colleges provide detailed information about grants available through the college, many of which are federally and state funded.
Types of Community College Grants
- Chafee Grant: The Chafee Grant is one of the few California grants that offers up to $5000 per year to students pursuing career or technical college who were also in foster care at some point in their lives.
- NC Community College Grant Program: The College Foundation of North Carolina offers need based grants to North Carolina residents enrolled in state community colleges.
- Texas Grant: The Texas Grant is a government funded grant program for students with financial needs attending a public community college or university in Texas.