Engineering is a very valuable and challenging degree program. Of course, with any college degree program, students must manage the financial obligation that college brings. Luckily, numerous specialized grants are available to aspiring engineering students who meet the specific qualifications.
There are many engineering concentrations for students to major in including civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and other engineering programs with grants available in any of these degree specializations.
The federally funded Pell Grant help approximately 5 million college students annually. The U.S. Government award these grants to financially disadvantaged students with grant amounts from $400 to approximately $4,000 annually. To be eligible to receive a Pell Grant and the amount of the grant depends upon numerous factors including family size, tuition, enrollment status, and your financial situation. Almost all schools are eligible for the Pell Grant program so students are able to choose the engineering college they want to attend. If you have any questions about the Pell Grant and engineering college you want to attend, talk to their financial aid administrators. As with any federal grants, students must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which determines a student's eligibility for financial aid.
The federal government now offers two new grant programs in addition to the Pell Grant. Part of the reason for these new grants was to force state-run education programs to strengthen their own independent students programs in colleges and universities so there was more competitiveness for high school students applying for the merit based new grants.
The U.S. Governement also awards the National SMART Grant to students studying engineering, chemistry, math, and or science. Students must fall within a specific income bracket and keep a high GPA average. This grant is available to full-time engineering students during the last two years of their undergraduate program. The Academic Competitiveness Grant is available to academically gifted freshman and sophmore-level students that are among the most academic talented students in the United States. This grant provides students with a maximum of $750 during the first year of their undergraduate study and for the second year, a maximum of $13,000. Students in the second year of engineering college must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
In addition to federal grants, there are many association-based grants available for engineering students. The National Science Foundation in Washington State along with the Northwest Engineering Talent Expansion Partnership purposes to increase vigorously the number of minorities and women obtaining engineering degrees. Additionally, the United Engineering Foundation in 2012 will award around $700,000 to $750,000 in grant money to engineering students.
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