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What Information Should I Include on my Education Grant Application?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

When filling out your education grant application, there are various things you will be asked to include. The main piece of information you should provide is proof of your income, or your parents’ income if you still live in their home. You will also be asked to prove your residency in the country, state, or town you live in as well as provide proof of identity. Additional information may be needed depending on the school to which you are applying.

Proof of income is generally provided by your most recent tax returns. Household size, expenses, and other deductions will likely be taken into consideration along with overall income. You may need to bring your tax papers with you when you hand in your education grant application electronically or separately to your school’s financial aid office. This is likely a requirement before you will be able to receive grant money.

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You will probably also be asked to include proof of your residency when you fill out your education grant application to ensure that you are eligible to receive funds. In most cases you must be a citizen of a particular region or country to get funds from the government. Proof of this may include your birth certificate, Social Security number, driver’s license number, or other identifying factor given to citizens in your area. You will also likely be asked for your full name, maiden name if applicable, and the names of other members who live in your household.

Additional information may be needed aside from the questions asked on your education grant application. This can be in the form of a copy of your photo identification, recent income statements, and forms filled out specifically for the financial aid office at your school. A signature page may also be required. All of this information should generally be dropped off or mailed to your financial aid case worker. If there are any problems you will likely be contacted by him or her to discuss any issues.

You should always make sure that the information you provide on your education grant application matches up with your tax records and other income statements. Any discrepancies will likely result in a prolonged application process until inaccuracies are straightened out, or your application may be denied and you will not be given funds. Make sure you answer each question carefully and accurately, and do not attempt to change your income in hopes of getting more funds.

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