Undergrads working toward a first bachelor’s or professional degree may qualify for a Pell Grant. Graduates enrolled in a teacher certification program may be eligible, too. What’s required: a demonstration of strong financial need, U.S. citizenship, a clean legal record, and ongoing academic progress. Students of a parent killed in military duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, or students with certain intellectual disabilities, may qualify for Pell Grant funding.
As you know, there are hundreds--thousands--of scholarships available, with a lot of competition for the biggest ones. Keep an eye open for smaller awards that could add up to significant cash for college. When you write an application essay, be sure to personalize it with a story that will help you stand out. Be sure to follow instructions precisely and observe the deadline. Proofread your essay to ensure it reads well--and to prevent any silly grammatical mistakes that could automatically disqualify you.