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How to Pay for College > For Parents > Scholarships and Grants

Encourage your child to apply for scholarships if he or she is academically gifted, a talented athlete, or involved in social or academic organizations. There are countless types of scholarships out there, so you may need to do some research. While scholarships are usually merit-based, grants are often need-based, and you can find them through your state government, college, or nonprofit organizations.