GRANTS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Federal grants are a type of financial aid and considered “free money” since they do not have to be repaid.* Since grants for college students are primarily awarded based on financial need, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) offers a variety of federal grants to meet the demand.
The gateway to applying for grants for college, student loans and other financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. Students who plan on attending four-year colleges or universities, community colleges or career schools are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to see if they qualify. Here are the types of grants for college students that are available and the annual award amount for each:
Apply for FAFSA
Renew your FAFSA Form
2022–23 Academic Year
The FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2023. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 9, 2023.
Even though these are the federal deadlines, we recommend students file as soon as they can after the opening of the FAFSA each year on October 1. Please note, just because June 30th is the cutoff date, there are some funds that cannot be processed after the last day of class, such as federal student loans. Also, there are certain funds that are first come first serve, so it’s important that students do their FAFSA as soon as possible.
2023–24 Academic Year
The FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on June 30, 2024. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 14, 2024.
FEDERAL GRANTS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
NEW YORK STATE GRANTS
These grants are offered to New York State residents only.