Many students do not have parents who can pay for college. In fact, the majority of students cited that their parents would not be able to help them cover any costs to attend college leaving it up to the student to seek out funding. Read on to find out how to pay for college without parents.
First Generation Programs
Some federal grant programs for first generation college students offer students money for tuition if they have discretionary funding in their budgets. Federal programs for first generation students include Student Support Services, and McNair.
These programs do not always have funding and their main purpose is to provide student services such as free tutoring, cultural experiences, intrusive academic advising, and mentoring. These support organizations known as Trio programs are available at several two and four-year colleges and universities in every state.
Scholarships and Grants
There are thousands of grants and scholarships that students can apply for many of which are not merit based. Students should start with local scholarships offered by are schools, non-profits, and businesses then expand their search to the state and national levels.
AmeriCorps is a volunteer organization started under the Clinton Administration in 1993. People can participate in a wide variety of volunteer activities that suit their interests, career path, and academic major. After serving in the organization students can receive an academic grant of up to $5,500.
A list of how to pay for college without parents would not be complete without discussing the GI Bill. The Montgomery GI Bill was created as part of an omnibus spending bill after WWII to help veterans pay for their postsecondary schooling. The Bill provides veterans with a monthly check of $1,300-$1,800 for tuition, supplies, and housing.
The latest iteration of the GI Bill is the Post 9/11 bill that covers tuition up to the most expensive school in the state where the veteran lives. The bill also provides students with a $1,200 stipend for housing as long as the student is attending full-time and not enrolled in an online school.
We hope this list showed you some of the ways of how to pay for college without parents. For further information students should speak to a professional financial aid officer.