What are school grants and how do kids get them? The U.S. Department of Education is going to help us shed some light on this topic. First of all, the US Department of Education was formed in 1980 by combining several offices from different federal agencies. Their mission is to promote student excellence and achievement by fostering kids learning and pushing them to do well.
The Department of Education currently has 4,200 employees and a massive whopping $63.7 billion operating budget. Currently, they express that they spend the money on:
- Creating educational policies on federal financial aid for students and education, as well as distributing and monitoring that money.
- Collecting information and data on schools in America and sharing the research.
- Getting America to join them in focusing on these key education issues.
- Prohibiting discrimination in the schools and ensuring equal access to education.
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Who is eligible for school grants?
Anyone who can show that they have a financial need for education is eligible.
How to apply for school grants:
The way to apply for financial aid as well as grants is to fill out the FAFSA, also known as Federal Application for Student Aid. This FAFSA form can be found online here at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and also through a packet you can pick up at your school.
What types of School Grants are available?
- Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity (FSEOG) Grants
- State Grants
- Grants and scholarships that are given by the education school or by a private institution