Four years of college can easily cost $40,000 at a state school and $100,000 at a private institution, shutting many people out of the dream of a degree. This is a barrier to many students, including African Americans who are underrepresented at many colleges across the country.

Many organizations, colleges, associations and nonprofits offer scholarships and grants geared specifically for black students to help close this educational gap. Some cover the cost of a full college degree while others provide stipends to supplement expenses associated with higher learning. Some programs blend scholarships with internships and even fast tracks to jobs right after graduation. While requirements and eligibility vary depending on the type of scholarship or grant, the range of options opens up an even wider range of educational possibilities. You will find information to help you get started on finding scholarships and understanding the application process.

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