What is the difference between a grant, scholarship, and a loan?
A grant is a gift that does not have to be repaid; it is based on the student’s financial need. A scholarship is an achievement award which is usually based on academic grades, abilities, skills, test scores, class rank, etc. Loans are funds borrowed by the student and/or parent. In most cases, loans must be repaid with an interest charge during a specified repayment period.