Does a GED Qualify for College Financial Aid?
Prospective college students who have a GED will be able to apply for financial aid, including scholarships. There are a variety of scholarship opportunities available, including scholarships offered by states, colleges and universities, and private foundations. Included below is just a sampling of the different scholarship options offered to applicants with a GED, along with their eligibility or application requirements.
Scholarships for Georgia Residents
The state of Georgia offers the HOPE GED Grant to individuals who completed their GED via the Technical College System of Georgia. It should be noted that the GED must have been completed after June 30, 1993. Students receive a $500 grant that can be used at any qualifying college or university in Georgia. They will have two years from the date they received their GED to utilize the grant.
University of Arkansas - Pulaski Tech
The University of Arkansas - Pulaski Tech offers a GED scholarship that awards students up to $10,920 to cover tuition and other fees. It should be noted that students cannot use the scholarship for textbooks and some course fees. Students must have earned their GED at qualifying centers in Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner, or Lonoke Counties and applied to the university within one year of earning their GED. In addition, students must have an average GED score of at least 680 (after 12/31/13) or 600 (prior to 1/14/14). Students can apply this scholarship to up to 60 credit hours as long as they complete consecutive semesters and maintain a GPA of 3.0.
Community College of Allegheny County
The Community College of Allegheny County, known as CCAC, admits applicants with GEDs and offers several scholarships to these students. Art students can apply for the Meshanko Memorial Scholarship, which can be utilized for tuition, art supplies, or textbooks. CCAC also has a host of private scholarships available. Students must register online for what the school calls AWARD SPRING to be eligible.
CollegeAmerica, a private, nonprofit school with campuses across the country, offers a Build a Better Future scholarship that awards $3,000 for tuition. Students must complete a GED preparation course through CollegeAmerica, obtain their GED, and apply for the scholarship within 12 months of obtaining their GED. Students can only receive the award once and are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
The University of Texas at Austin
GED recipients applying to the University of Texas at Austin have numerous scholarship opportunities available to them. The school created a comprehensive database that contains all of the scholarships offered by both the school and private foundations. Prospective students who are applying as freshmen complete an admissions application, called ApplyTexas, that also doubles as their application for scholarship funding. Students who are transferring or re-enrolling must complete the Continuing and Transfer Scholarship Application.
In addition to completing the ApplyTexas or transfer student scholarship applications, students should contact their academic department. Some departments have further scholarship application requirements for students, as well as departmental financial aid that is not included in the scholarship database.