Scholarships Versus Grants

The following are the differences between Scholarships and Grants

While the terms scholarship and grant are frequently used interchangeably, there is a difference. Scholarships may have a financial need component but rely on other criteria as well.

Academic scholarships typically use a minimum grade-point average or standardized test score such as the ACT or SAT to select awardees.
Athletic scholarships are generally based on the athletic performance of a student and used as a tool to recruit high-performing athletes for their school’s athletic teams.

Merit scholarships can be based on a number of criteria, including performance in a particular school subject or club participation or community service.

Grants, however, are offered based exclusively on financial need and determined using the applicant’s FAFSA information.

A federal pell grant can be awarded to someone planning to receive their undergraduate degree and is solely based on their financial needs.

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