Scholarships: Scholarships are a type of aid that does not have to be repaid and are awarded based on need or merit.
Grants: Grants are a form of gift aid and do not need to be repaid.
Fellowships: Fellowships are fund study or research based. Awards are made on a competitive basis, with no regard for financial need. Fellowships are designed with specific goals in mind and are not generally used for exploratory purposes.
Work-Study: Federal Work-Study is a federally funded student employment program where you can earn money to pay for your college costs.
Loans: Loans are borrowed money that have to be repaid at some point. They are available under varying terms and conditions. The Federal Stafford loans are the most common low-interest loans.
NOTE: The definitions for Scholarships and Fellowships are sometimes used interchangeably.
CSUN Sociology Department and AKD Kappa Chapter Awards
- AKD International Honor Society Paper Competition (more info).
Types of Financial Aid:
- Federal Work Study
- FAFSA on the Web
- Federal Student Aid
- Cal Grants
- Cash for College
- California Student Aid Commission
Scholarship Search Engines
Sociological Associations- Awards & Scholarships