Scholarships: Scholarships are financial awards based on merit. Different awards require different criteria. Visit this scholarship page for current scholarship opportunities and to access the scholarship websites for Utah colleges.
Grants: Grants are given by the state or federal government and do not need to be repaid as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress. Grants are based on financial need. You must submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to receive grants. If you're curious about whether or not you will qualify, try the FAFSA4caster. Click on the links on this page for FAFSA tutorials. One of the most common grants is the Federal Pell Grant. The maximum award is more than $6,000 per year. Ask the financial aid office at your college for more info about available grants.
Loans: Student loans are money you borrow for college that you have to pay back-even if you don't graduate.
If you're eligible to receive grants or take part in the work-study program, always use those funds first. Apply for as many scholarships as possible and use college savings before deciding to borrow student loans. Explore federal student loans first (through submitting your FAFSA), as they often have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options compared to private loans.
Work-Study: Work-Study is the 3rd financial assistance option determined by FAFSA. Qualified students will receive the opportunity to work on-campus part-time to help off-set the cost of attendance. These jobs have flexible hours that generally work around your class schedule. Eligibility for work-study does not guarantee a job, as all employment opportunities vary. Work study jobs can give you work experience related to your college major (such as working in a chemistry lab, tutoring center, or campus business office).
SLCC Promise: If you qualify for a grant, SLCC will make up the difference in tuition cost resulting in a full-ride.
Dream Weber: The Dream Weber program provides free tuition and general student fees to students whose annual household income is $40,000 or less.
GI Bill: If a parent served in the military, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the GI Bill.