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Most students know that they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is a relative measurement of the student's ability to pay for school, and this number is often used to determine the amount of federal and state assistance available. This is a good start, but the true Cost of Attendance (COA) is often different than the sticker price. Most students have expenses beyond tuition, including room and board, books, and other costs. Before turning to student loans, students with financial need can look for scholarships to help close the gap between their EFC and COA. Our Scholarship Directory for need-based scholarships is a great place to start.

AAJA Vincent Chin Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. and international undergraduate college students who are pursuing a career in journalism. Students must have a sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 21
2019

Mary Moy Quan Ing Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. and international high school seniors who are pursuing a career in journalism. Students must have a sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 21
2019

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship

This scholarship is available to current and upcoming college students with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher who are pursuing a degree in the fine or commercial arts, design or architecture.

Total: $5000 Awards:  50
Deadline:  April 24
2019

National Speakers Association Foundation Scholarship

This award is available for international and U.S. college juniors, seniors and/or graduate students with an interest to become a public speaker, regardless of major. Professional speakers and trainers, speech educators and those who want to or are using their speaking talents for improving the lives of others should apply for this award.

Total: $5000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  April 26
2019

Lapiz Family Scholarship

This scholarship is available for undergraduate students who are farm workers or the children of a farm or migrant worker. Students must plan to attend the University of California.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 26
2019

Patty & Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Rhode Island high school seniors whose parents did not graduate from college. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and community service.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 26
2019

Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship

This fellowship program is open to Rhode Island residents who need financial assistance to acquire education toward a master's or doctorate in order to pursue a teaching career in the arts. Applicants may not be a Rhode Island School of Design graduate or seeking a graduate degree from RISD.

Total: $12000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 26
2019

Lily and Catello Sorrentino Memorial Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship must be 25 years of age or older and attending any degree-conferring, non-parochial educational college or university within Rhode Island. Students must demonstrate financial need; preference will be given to first-time applicants.

Total: $750 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 26
2019

HCBF Scholarship Program

These scholarships are available for Hudson County (NJ) residents who are attending or have been accepted to law school. Students must demonstrate financial need and account for appropriate academic standards.

Total: $2500 Awards:  44
Deadline:  April 26
2019

UNCF Dallas Independent School District Scholarship

This scholarship is open to high school seniors who attend a high school in the Dallas (TX) Independent School District. Students must have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $2500 Awards:  5
Deadline:  April 26
2019

Rhode Island Association of Former Legislators Scholarship

This scholarship program offers financial assistance to a Rhode Island high school senior who demonstrates outstanding public service.

Total: $1500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 26
2019

Bristol Children's Home Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are residents of Bristol, Rhode Island. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $2500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 26
2019