Community College Scholarships
Can community college students win scholarships to pay for school? Absolutely yes! More than 400,000 community college students use more than $800 million in private scholarships to pay for college each year. Community college students win about a quarter of all college scholarships and more than a tenth of the scholarship dollars.
Community college students could win even more scholarships, just by applying. Students at 4-year colleges are three times more likely to win college scholarships than community college students because they are much more likely to seek and apply for scholarships.
Resources for Finding Community College Scholarships and Other Aid
- Free online scholarship search services (like StudentScholarshipSearch.com) find scholarships that match the student’s background profile.
- Some community colleges offer their own scholarships. Check with the college’s financial aid office.
- Local community organizations, such as community foundations, may sponsor scholarships for community college students.
- Some cities and states offer promise scholarships that cover the cost of college for local high school graduates.
- Random drawings, such as the ones offered by ScholarshipPoints.com, can provide money for community college.
- The Federal Pell Grant provides thousands of dollars of free money to pay for college. Just file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply.
- The federal government also offers the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which lets families claim a partially-refundable tax credit worth up to $2,500 based on amounts spent for tuition, fees and textbooks.
Scholarships for Community College Students
Some scholarships for community college students require recipients to agree to pursue a Bachelor's degree after graduation from community college.
- American Association for Women in Community Colleges
- American Legion
- Association of American Geographers (AAG) Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship
- California Community College Scholarship Endowment
- Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation (Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise programs, administered by Phi Theta Kappa)
- GEICO Pathway to Completion Associate’s Degree Scholarship
- Horatio Alger Association
- Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation (students affected by leukemia or lymphoma)
- Jeannette Ranking Foundation
- National Society of Accountants
- Susan T. Buffett Foundation College Scholarships
- UNCF Scholarships
Community College Transfer Scholarships
Transfer scholarships are designed to help and encourage community college students to transfer to a 4-year college to pursue a Bachelor’s degree after they graduate with an Associate’s degree from the community college.
- Guistwhite Scholarship Program
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Hites Transfer Scholarship
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships)
Special Programs for Transfer Students
- Some states guarantee admission to a public 4-year college for students who graduate from one of the state’s community colleges.
- Some 4-year colleges offer transfer scholarships to help and encourage community college students to transfer.