Are you an adult who is thinking about going back to school to get your GED or college degree? You may be overwhelmed with figuring out where to look for assistance. This page was created for you to point you to some valuable resources that can help you find a school to attend, get money to pay for college, and where you can meet people to ask questions about achieving your goal.


Black College Dollars – This free scholarship search tool, geared for African-American students, contains more than 300 scholarships searchable by GPA requirement, academic and career interest, and application deadline.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium – Each year VSGC provides about 100 scholarships and fellowships to students.  Deadlines: February 7, 2011 and March 21, 2011

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley Scholarship The Community Foundation encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds at all levels of academic achievement to apply. Nontraditional applicants are strongly encouraged to apply including:

  • those who have attended alternative education programs
  • those who have earned a GED
  • adults interested in returning to school after time spent in the workforce
  • home-schooled students

Article: “Back to School: How To Pay for College As An Adult”


Federal Grant Programs – Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Learn more about grant programs available for eligible students pursuing a postsecondary education.

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Student Diversity Research Grants – The grant is designed to stimulate, support and recognize outstanding undergraduate research projects related to diversity; and to promote diversity research as a legitimate and valued area of scholarship. Diversity in the context of this grant award includes the exploration of issues related to class, culture, disability, gender, race/ethnicity, language, and sexual orientation.


INROADS – The largest non-profit source of salaried internships for excelling Black, Hispanic and Native American Indian college students. Eligible individuals must. . .

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have two or more summers remaining prior to graduation
  • Maintain a B or better grade point average (this requirement varies per internship)
  • Intend to pursue a career in Business, Engineering, Retail Management, Technology, Health, Marketing or Sales

Schools with Special Programs for First-Generation and/or Low Income Students

TRIO Programs for College Students

  • Student Support Services projects provide. . .
    • Academic Tutoring
    • Advice and Assistance in College Course Selection
    • Information on Student Financial Aid Programs and Private Scholarships
    • Help for Completing Financial Aid Applications
  • Veterans Upward Bound provides. . .
    • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants
    • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
    • Guidance and assistance in alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, entry into general education development (GED) programs or post-secondary education
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Programs provide. . .
    • Opportunities for Research or Other Scholarly Activities
    • Summer Internships
    • Seminars and other Educational Activities designed to Prepare Students for Doctoral Study
    • Tutoring and Academic Counseling
    • and Other Activities designed to Help Participants Secure Admission to and Financial Assistance for Enrollment in Graduate Programs

Resource Guide – This guide includes information about special programs and alternative sources of funding available.