With the rate at which the economy in Nigeria is a decline, the cost of obtaining education had also skyrocketed, even in most of the government institutions, where school fees and other fees had been increased in time.
The situation had created a lot of difficulties, as students are unable to meet up with the cost of obtaining a quality education in higher institutions. This has led to situations where student now seeks for grants or loan to complete their studies. However many students are still ignorant of how to get these grants from government or privates bodies that give out these grants.
WHAT IS EDUCATION GRANTS
We first have to understand the meaning of the word grant, a grant is an offer in terms of money to support a person to carry out a specific task and complete that task, to benefit the person as well as the society at hand. In most cases, the person being supported with the grant is not expected to pay back, as the funder assumes it is a way to support the society or add more value or knowledge to the society.
Education grants are an offer to students so as to complete their program or course of study and add value to the society. In most cases, grants are offered to people that are unable to meet the expenses of completing their education, or those that are studying special course or courses of interest to the donors or funders.
In most countries, the government offers grants to those studying engineering, so as to encourage more people to go into the technical courses and carry out research that will be beneficial to the economy of the country. While grants are mostly made available for those studying special courses that are not usually common, like Music, Foreign or local languages, Arts and so on.
WHO GIVES OUT EDUCATIONAL GRANTS
If you intend to seek for educational grants in Nigeria, you should first be aware of those that are offering such grants and for the programs or courses, they are offering such grants.
The government is usually the main funders of grants, and the federal Government of Nigeria does offer educational grants to student depending on various conditions that should be met. The government offers grants base of geopolitical reasons mostly and they usually distribute the educational grants equally across all the regions of the country. Also, the government focuses on giving educational grants to low-income students and students with disabilities.
Another set of groups that do offer educational grants is professional bodies, as they offer grants for research in their field of interest. For example, an engineering society in Nigeria may decide to give grants to the best student in the first year level of their studies to encourage them to do better in that particular field of study.
Charity organizations also give out educational grants to students, especially those that cannot meet up with the cost of their studies. This is seen as a way of helping the society and improving life standard of the poor in the society.
Also, people, higher institutions, religious bodies also give out educational grants in their own capacity and conditions.
HOW TO GET EDUCATIONAL GRANTS
In obtaining educational grants, a student has to first recognise the various bodies that are offering such grants and what is required to qualify for the grants. Then you need to be able to come up with a convincing proposal and fill out the forms properly, to get your application across properly.
You should also make sure that you send all required documents along with your application, as one might lose the opportunity of getting the grant due to an incomplete application.
The application will then be review by a panel set up by the body giving out the grants, as they decide which application will be eligible for the grants.
Successful applicants will be notified by mail that the grant has been approved and the payment will be made to the institution of the applicant and not to the applicant.