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by Grants.com
There are plenty of educational grants out there to help students meet the costs of obtaining a college education, and because they are grants, that’s money you don’t have to pay back. Anyone planning to enroll in college this year can take a short-cut by applying for all federal, state, and institutional financial grant programs at once by completing the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completed FAFSA forms can be submitted online at fafsa.ed.gov and must be submitted by June 30th of the year you are planning to attend college.

Other grants students can apply for include the federally funded Chafee Grant Program by completing the application online at https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/, or they can get the paperwork from their current school. Financial aid eligibility for the Chafee Program will be determined by your school’s financial aid office and students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in a course of study at least one year long.

Federal Pell Grants are another source of funding that is need-based financial aid that does not have to be repaid. The current maximum Pell Grant amount for a full-time student is $4,050 per school year. Pell Grants are available to all qualified students and interested parties can apply for the Federal Pell Grant by submitting an application at FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are yet another grant opportunity that are aimed at those undergraduate students receiving the Federal Pell Grant, but with exceptional financial needs. Depending on the level of need and the funding level of the school attended, students can receive up to $4,000 per school year and more if enrolled in a study-abroad program.

Although you should always visit your own college financial aid office to find out what types of aid might be available locally, there are also other grants, scholarships and resources that can be accessed through the following online resources:

• Studentaid.ed.gov – A U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Program. • Edfund.org – A student financial aid Information site. • Americorps.org – A Job and education site. • studentjobs.gov – Jobs for student at the U.S. Department of Labor. • Collegeboard.com fastaid.com – Listings of college aid programs. • casey.org - Casey Family Student Loan Programs. • orphan.org – Educational aid from Orphan Foundation of America.

Student Aid Preparation Calendar:

September 2012 – First chance to submit your application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and second chance to apply for a Cal Grant if you plan to attend a Community College in California.

October 2012 - Time to work on college admissions forms. Time to sign up for financial aid at your school. Time to research private grants and scholarships.

November 2012 - Time to complete all college admission forms. Time to get all financial aid applications from colleges you’re applying to.

December 2012 - Time to gather all year-end payroll stubs in preparation for financial aid documentation purposes.

January 2013 - Time to submit your application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) immediately following January 1st of current academic school year.

June 2013 - Last chance to submit your FAFSA application forms. Postmark deadline is June 30th.