Back to School Grants

back to school grantsAdults of all ages who are considering returning to college should investigate back to school grants to assist with tuition. There are many federal and private programs available in the US and Canada. Check out the following list for information about how to get a grant to go back to school and you could be sitting in a college classroom in no time.

Federal Grants

If you are in need of a grant to go back to school then your first stop should be the Pell Grant program. You need to fill out the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine how much money you are eligible for as it is a need-based grant. Check with the financial aid office at the school where you are applying for more information.

Another option for those students looking for back to school grants is the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). It is in addition to the Pell Grant and can provide additional financial support up to $4000 and also based on the FAFSA.

The TEACH Grant Program is for students pursuing a teaching degree. It is worth up to $4000 towards tuition for students who agree to teach four out of eight years in selected low-income schools. Students who do not honor this agreement are required to give back the money as a direct subsidized loan with interest backdated to the date of the loan.

State Grants

After you apply for federal programs, check out state grant programs. Some states do have back to school grants for low-income students. For example, the College Access Challenge Grant is offered to state programs through the federal government.  The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation is one participant. It began as a way to help improve career options for low-income New York students.


There are many opportunities for women in need of back to school grants. Students at least 50 years of age who are enrolled in a school accredited by the US Department of Education can apply for the AARP Foundation College Scholarship Program which targets low-income women.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and want to continue your education, you may qualify for the program sponsored by the American Association of University Women. The grants are not restricted to tuition. Awards include  supplies, fees, books, dependent care and transportation.

Low-income women with dependent children can apply for a back to school grant from the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation. Recipients can receive up to $2000 for women returning to the classroom.

Older Adults

There are numerous grants for seniors going back to school.  Senior citizens can qualify for free or reduced tuition at many universities across the United States including University of Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill and Northern Michigan University. The University of Phoenix sponsors the First Chance Scholarship Program for adults attending college for the first time.

The program at the University of Delaware includes tuition to part-time and full-time students at least 60 years old. Grants are for undergraduate and graduate programs. There is no admission fee with your application. You must submit all required paperwork including GRE results and academic records.

Adults enrolled in undergraduate programs with a chartered Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter can apply for The Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL)’s Scholarship for Adult Students. The scholarshipis open to students enrolled at one of the more than 300 universities with an ASL chapter. A GPA of over 3.2 and the ability to demonstrate financial need are required.

The Alliss Educational Foundation Grant is available for students in the state of Minnesota who are at University or college. It accepts applicants who have been out of college after a break as well as students who are just starting a college program. It pays the tuition costs for one course of up to five credits.

Need a grant to go back to school at Purdue University?  The university sponsors the Span Plan Grant Program for low-income adults who attend Purdue College of Technology or Purdue West Lafayette.

Finding a grant to go back to school can be easy if you know where to look. Check out these resources for back to school grants to fund your tuition.


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