The Most Unusual Scholarships and Education Grants To Help You Pay For School

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The thought of the cost of attending college is daunting, whether you’re a parent or a student. According to the College Board, costs of tuition in 2020-21 ranged from an average of $10,650 a year for a public, four-year in-state college to $37,650 for a private nonprofit four-year college.

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But don’t let the sticker shock and the thought of paying student loans for years discourage you. These days, scholarships exist for just about everything and anyone; you don’t need to be an A-plus student, an awesome athlete or terrific on the tuba, either. No, you have opportunities to earn niche scholarships based on facts that include your heritage, your last name, your height, your life as a single parent, your artistic ability, your family status, your hobbies, your religion, your nontraditional career choices by signing up for email and even just by doing what is second nature — snapping a photo and sharing it.

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The unique scholarships also are available to students of a variety of ages, not just those coming out of high school or following a traditional college path.

Here are some nontraditional scholarships that just might apply to you.

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Some scholarships are regionally based so check your local media for announcements. And some are specific to your college, so take a look at your school’s and grants page frequently.

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Last updated: Aug. 11, 2021