Posted on July 19, 2015 in Career Grants
Engineering grants are some of the easiest grants to find for most students because it is one of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Because minorities and women are typically under-represented in these fields of study, the federal government has created grant and scholarship funds to help correct the imbalance. In addition, because these fields are vital to society's continued growth and existence, there are grants for anyone interested in one of these fields. Bottom line, if you want to study engineering, there's a grant for that.
How Engineering Grants Work
Engineering grants are designed to help those interested in studying in the field. As an applicant, you can use the funds to pay for tuition, books, and other fees related to your studies, and the best part is that you don't have to pay it back. Grants are need-based, so you must have some sort of financial need to qualify. If you don't, then a scholarship may be a better option as these are merit-based.
The process for an engineering grant is much the same as it is for other types of grants. You find the ones that interest you, or that you qualify for, and then you apply. From there, a committee of the grant reviews the application and compares it to the needs of other applicants. For those students who are found to have the most need, the committee will award the grant and then the student can apply it toward their tuition.
Types of Engineering Grants Available
There are several types of engineering grants available, and it depends on what field of engineering you're interested in. Grants are specific to the field of study, so by narrowing down your interests, you can eliminate grants for which you do not qualify. This will save you time and energy when applying. The following are some of the different areas of engineering that you can consider.
- Environmental Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Software/Hardware/Computer Engineering
This list is not meant to be exhaustive as there are over 30 types of engineering degrees. However, it gives you an idea of how you can narrow down your interests and your grant options.
Best Sources for Engineering Grants
The best place to start your search is by completing a FAFSA application. This automatically notifies you about any federal and state grants you qualify for, including grants specific to STEM subjects. In addition to FAFSA, you should consider some of the following:
- The Federal Pell Grant – this is available to all students who demonstrate a financial need, whether they plan to study STEM subjects or not.
- The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant – this grant is available to undergrads who demonstrate a financial need. They do not have to study STEM subjects.
- The Academic Competiveness Grant – this grant is for eligible students studying STEM subjects with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and who demonstrate a financial need.
There are plenty of grants available for those who have a need, you just have to look for them. It is wise to apply for all of the grants you qualify for so you can maximize your ability to pay for school.