How to find free money for college

Every student wants to find free money for college—like scholarships and
grants. Most students don’t understand what grants are or how to find

Grants are usually given out by the government or colleges while
scholarships could be given out by the government, a college, a state, or
even local organizations. There are two different types of scholarships
available to students: merit scholarships and scholarships you apply for on
your own. Merit scholarships are typically given out to students by a college
or university in recognition of a special skill or talent while the scholarships
you apply for on your own can be found through school counselors, family
members, or a scholarship search tool.

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