October 7, 2022
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With grants for education in the U.S. still primarily based on financial need, students in low-income groups continue to demonstrate the greatest need for financial assistance when it comes to a college education. African Americans are in this category, with income disparity continuing to prevent many students from pursuing a post-secondary degree. To help reduce debt after graduation, minorities including African Americans may be eligible for federal, state, and privately funded education grants to help them earn a college degree. There are several need- and merit-based grants for post-secondary education available to African Americans, including those specific to women, men, or for students pursuing a specific field of study, such as engineering or science.
Students applying to African American grants for education must be African American. Federal education grants are typically awarded based on the applicant’s financial needs, as determined initially by the FAFSA. State and privately funded African American grants may have separate or additional requirements based on the applicant’s place of residence, level of academic achievement, or planned course of study.