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Grants for Immigrants

Immigrants that come to this country are usually financially challenged because they come from their country without much in terms of money.  Fortunately for immigrants, there are many grants for immigrants that they can apply for which would certainly help them achieve their dreams.

For immigrants that wish to go to college but cannot afford it, the Pell grant comes in handy.  To determine your eligibility for the Pell Grant program the first thing you must do is to complete the FAFSA application. If you have not yet filled out your FAFSA application, you can go to the fafsa.edu site. At this site you will find your FAFSA application. All you need to do is to follow the directions on the application page to complete the FAFSA application.

Once you have filled out this first FAFSA application, you will have started the process to determine your eligibility for a Pell Grant as well as the possibility of additional government grants and financial aid. Once you submit this initial FAFSA application form, you will be contacted by regular mail if you are accepted to receive Pell Grant financial aid.

College applicants whose family income totals $50k may be eligible for a Pell Grant. However, Pell Grants are almost always awarded to students whose family’s aggregate household income is under $20k.  The maximum Pell Grant for the 2010-11 award year which is July1, 2010 to June30, 2011 is $5050. The amount depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full time or part time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

For immigrants that are looking to start a business, you can find many organizations that help entrepreneurs.  The first place to look would be the federal government website at grants.gov.  Each city should also have their own business grant program.  For example, San Francisco has a Start-Up Funding challenge that awards several thousand dollars to the receivers of the grants.  Other grants include the Amber Foundation grants which awards small amounts of money to small business owners.  You can check your local Chamber of Commerce for grants in your locality.

If you really want to receive the grant that you are applying for, you would need to write a stellar grant proposal.  Nobody is going to just hand out money to just anyone that applies.  Usually a lot of people will apply for grants and there is only a limited amount of money to be given.  To aid you in writing a grant proposal, you can find books or guides that will help you write a proposal.  If you do your research and put in the hard work, you should be able to receive grants to fund whatever you desire.

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