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Scholarships and Grants

College costs shouldn't stand in the way of you achieving your goals, which is why it's important to research any grants and scholarships for which you might be eligible.

Grants: Grants are most often awarded based on a student's financial need, which is identified through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants are funded through federal, state, and college resources, and are often renewable for multiple years, but you must complete the FAFSA annually to qualify.

Learn more about common federal and state grants:

Scholarships: Scholarships are usually awarded based on the student's academic achievements, community service, special circumstance or the major or career they're pursuing. You can apply for as many scholarships as time allows, so be sure to do your homework early by researching their criteria and submitting your applications on time. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for 1-3 scholarships per week.

Visit the Find Scholarships page to learn more about Oklahoma scholarships and use My Scholarship Profile to explore even more scholarship opportunities available to you.


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Many agencies, organizations and businesses across Oklahoma provide tuition assistance benefits to help their employees pay for higher education. Visit to learn more.

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Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition. Students must apply while in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and meet certain income requirements. Learn more and apply today at

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To learn more about scholarship opportunities and tips for applying, check out Are You Looking for Money?

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OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.