Most students today need financial support to pursue a college education. Though it may not be surprising that the cost of higher education at national universities has risen 179% from 1995-2015, many are unaware of the sharp rise in fees and other costs outside of tuition, including technology fees and on-campus recreation center access costs. This totals an average of more than $2,000 in recent years. Luckily, to help students offset these costs, there are many federal, state, and private groups and organizations that offer a variety of scholarships to eligible students based on merit, cultural background, and type of program.
While every scholarship is special, there are some exceptional standouts from organizations generous enough to give millions (or even billions!) in scholarship money every year to college students. From awards that provide a full scholarship, or “free ride,” to others that more than cover the bulk of expensive degree program costs, the size and breadth of the 10 biggest scholarships for college students will take your breath away. Read on to learn more about how to apply for and access these funds.