The big change from being a high school student to a college or university student is a big step to take. Students will have many changes to get used to and it can be very stressful. Not all families can afford to pay for tuition though, so many students end up working outside of school. Part-time jobs take up a lot of energy and time that could have been applied to studying and that makes the changes even harder. Fortunately, there are many undergraduate scholarships that can help students and their families relieve some of the financial stresses of going to university or college.
The U.S. Department of Education makes undergraduate scholarships available to students through their first to fourth years of a Bachelor's Degree. All United States citizens are eligible. The Academic Competitive Grants are for students that are in the first and second years. They must be enrolled in a four to two year degree program. Recipients can receive amounts between $750 and $1,300 depending on the level of school they are in. Students in their third and fourth year can also obtain grants from the U.S. Department of Education. This scholarship is called the National SMART Grant. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Both grants are for students that are majoring in technology, critical foreign languages, sciences, math, or engineering.
Although the scholarships that are available through the U.S. Department of Education are for students that are entering specific fields there are many options for other students. One of the best resources for students is the Financial Aid office on the campus of the university or college that they are attending. The Financial Aid office has an assortment of options for students to consider including scholarships and grants, loans, and bursaries. Some scholarships apply to they year you are in, in college while others focus on specific fields of study. Undergraduate students can find many scholarships that apply to them through online college searches as well.