Need-Based Scholarships

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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.

The Low Family Scholarship

This award is for U.S. law school students who display a commitment to serve the Asian Pacific American community. Students must be attending an accredited law school at least half-time.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 2
2019

UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarship

This award is for U.S. students who are the first in their family to attend law school. Applicants must be committed to serving the needs of Asian Pacific American, demonstrate financial need, and be committed to pro bono or public interest legal work.

Total: $5000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  September 2
2019

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

This award is available to Mississippi undergraduate students who are enrolled at or planning to enroll at an eligible Mississippi college or university. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and an ACT score of 15 or higher (or SAT score of 720 or higher), and must receive less than the full Federal Pell Grant as determined by the completion FAFSA.

Total: $1000 Awards:  24329
Deadline:  September 15
2019

Part-Time Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) for County College Students

This grant is available for New Jersey residents who are attending a New Jersey county college on a part-time basis. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Total: $837 Awards:  9907
Deadline:  September 15
2019

New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)

This award is available to New Jersey resident undergraduate students who are attending a participating postsecondary institution in New Jersey. Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible.

Total: $12438 Awards:  81000
Deadline:  September 15
2019

NJ Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (STARS) II

This scholarship is available for New Jersey STARS recipients who plan to transfer from a New Jersey county college to a New Jersey four-year public college or university. Students must have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and a family income of $250,000 or less.

Total: $2500 Awards:  940
Deadline:  September 15
2019

Acorn Equality Fund Luke Scholarship

The Luke Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and unmet financial need.

Total: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20
2019

QuestBridge College Match Program

The QuestBridge College Match was created to fund complete scholarships to lower-income students so they can attend a variety of top schools. The students must show a high level of academic merit to be eligible.

Total: $47000 Awards:  204
Deadline:  September 26
2019

Questbridge College Prep Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school juniors who have achieved excellent academic results and are from a low-income family.

Total: $8165 Awards:  10
Deadline:  September 27
2019

Bryce Thomson Scholarship Fund

Employees of a National Ice Cream Retailers Association member business may apply for this need-based scholarship. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors, or current college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors.

Total: $3500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  September 27
2019

La Raza Foundation Scholarship

This award is available for minority law school students who live in or attend law school in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

Total: $2500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  September 29
2019

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are of Latino descent, and are residents of or attending school in California. Students must plan to have a career in journalism; students may major in any field but must have a sincere interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

Total: $1000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  September 30
2019