Financing your education with grants

Grants provide college students with money to help finance their education that does not need to be repaid. They are often awarded based on financial need.

Colleges like NCAD provide institutional grants to help make up the difference between college costs and what a family can be expected to contribute through income, savings, loans, and student earnings.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Congress and the President have made critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We take receipt of these federal funds seriously and are distributing them in accordance with the CARES Act and implementing guidance.

Pell Grants

The amount of the grant depends on your financial need and other factors, including the amount of time you attend college (whether a full academic year or less, and whether you attend full-time or part-time).

Merit Awards and Scholarships

Other institutional grants, known as merit awards or merit scholarships, are awarded on the basis of academic achievement. Some merit awards are offered only to students whose families demonstrate financial need; others may be awarded without regard to a family’s finances.

Where can I find more information on Grants?

A great source of information is NCAD’s Financial Aid Office.

State governments may also offer grant programs, with varying eligibility and application requirements. Contact your state’s department of education for information.