Distance Learning Student Grants

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Distance Learning Student Grants
Several Grants Support Distance Learning. (young woman making an online purchase image by Paul Hill from Fotolia.com)

Distance learning program are some of the least expensive and some of the most worthy programs universities have to offer. The benefit of distance learning is clear: distance learners can learn from the top professors and instructors in the field they are researching, without having to be there physically. The drawback is the hefty expense of the technology, programmers and server space required to enable and maintain a distance learning course. Fortunately, there are institutions public and private which offer grants to help defray some or all of the cost of a distance learning program.

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USDA

Although many grants for distance learning students come from private technology companies and from education agencies, there are a few offered by other branches of the federal government. The USDA is a little known benefactor to agricultural and medical students looking for a distance learning education. This federal department offers 28.2 Million dollars per year to students in medical and agricultural fields in grants. To apply for this grant, simply go online to the "Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program" application guide. This guide can be downloaded as an Adobe Reader file or as a Microsoft Word Document.

Challenge Grants

Challenge grants are state funded grants awarded to students who complete winning proposals to the state in their selected field of study. These grants are often given to students for the purposes of distance learning. In order to receive a challenge grant, you must write a proposal on a subject of your field and how your continued education will help you further some concrete goal, usually resolving a specific question concerning your field of study. While these grants are often given to students pursuing graduate studies, Michigan and Alaska have both recently granted undergraduate students Challenge funds for continued study.

Pell Grants

Pell Grants are federal grants offered by the government for all sorts of college education including Distance learning courses. Pell grants are offered based on the living conditions and financial status of the applicant and the number of dependents the applicant is supporting. Like all grants, Pell grants never have to be paid back. Apply for Pell grants the same way you apply for all federal student aid, by filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA.)

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