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How To Find Scholarships & Grants

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There are also many other places to find scholarships and education grants to help cover your tuition and living expenses. The most common sources for students seeking financial aid are:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Governments
  • Private organizations
  • Individual donors

Sources of scholarships for international students will vary from country to country. Checking with the school or the local embassy is helpful in seeking scholarships. Read more about the different types of scholarships you may be eligible for. 

University Scholarships & Grants

Colleges and universities often help their students find scholarships and education grants. Admissions offices may automatically give scholarships and grants when you apply. Other times, you need to apply for financial aid in advance.

To find scholarships through a college or university, it is best to go through an academic adviser. The adviser will recommend different types of scholarships you qualify for, which are usually based on academic records, athletic ability, special talents, or financial need. School-based individual scholarships through the university may be offered as full-tuition or partial payments. 

You can read more about these types of scholarships here.

Government Grants & Scholarships

Federal or state governments are a great source of financial aid for international students. In the U.S., the government is the largest source of need-based financial aid, primarily in the form of the Pell Grant.

State governments may fund grants and scholarships for residents attending college in their state. In addition, foreign governments may offer grants or scholarships for international students to study in their country.

In order to find available grants and scholarships from governments, it is useful to contact the country's embassy. They will offer more detailed information. Read more about the scholarship application process here. 

Private Scholarships 

Many companies, foundations, community organizations and clubs sponsor education grants. Scholarships and education grants from these organizations are called “outside” or “private” scholarships. Organizations offering these types of private scholarships can be institutions such as labor unions, religious centers, public organizations or clubs. A private scholarships is generally a one-time form of aid.

Scholarships From Individual Donors

Individual donors are (as the name suggests) individuals who have set up a private fund for students to receive financial aid. These scholarships or education grants vary in amount and have specific eligibility requirements set by the donor. Scholarships are awarded from academic merit or financial need depending on the donor.

To find scholarships through individual donors, a bit more searching is usually required. Sometimes these scholarships are advertised, but more often than not, you will have to seek them out on your own.

Last update: 21 Sep 2017