Even if you’re not ready to apply to college just yet, exploring funding options now can help set your and your parents’ minds at ease about the college application process and may reduce the amount of work you have to do later. Most colleges and universities offer tuition assistance to students with financial need through a combination of school and government grants, campus jobs and student loans. However, outside scholarships can help bridge the gap between what the school provides and what your family can pay – as well as cover additional costs, such as rent, food, books, transportation, fees and other expenses. Corporations, private foundations, nonprofits, religious organizations, advocacy groups and other sponsors offer tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships to incoming students every year. In fact, ECCLA even offers a small scholarship each year which students in our service area can apply for.