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Academic Competitiveness Grant

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/AcademicGrants.jsp

Who's Eligible: First and second year college students

Award Amount: Up to $1,300

Due Date: The Department of Education discontinued this grant beginning with the 2011-12 award year, but keep checking back to see if they ever bring it back.


College underclassmen who graduated from an academically rigorous high school—check out the full list here before continuing further—can be eligible for a $750 government grant for their first year of school and a $1,300 grant for their second. Candidates must be Pell Grant eligible (meaning they demonstrate significant financial need) and enrolled at least half-time. The bonus Jonas on this award is that it is a federal grant, meaning you will not have to fill out endless essays, talk about what inspires you, or put together a video showcasing your abilities. Step one to getting your hands on the grant is filling out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

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