State Scholarships or Private School Grants
Every state is different when it comes to offering scholarships and some institutions end up offering more private grants and scholarships than federal aid. Depending on the college, the assessment for scholarships may depend based on need (find more information about need based scholarships by state right here on Bright Hub), they determine the need based on the student's household income, or if they are a dependent, based on their parent's or legal guardian's household income and assets.
Some scholarships have an expiration and what happens after the first year of receiving a grant or scholarship may not be consistent. The best way to find out eligibility of scholarships is to contact the financial department of the college and work with someone there or have a financial adviser already assigned on the student's case. Most colleges are willing to work with students and not against them, but since money is an important asset to have, always double check for future scholarships applications and such.
Private school grants are not based on need most of the time and are free for students based on specific majors, minors, GPA, or even lottery. One of the things that North Carolina is known for is their state higher education lottery where the winners have a chance to earn towards their degree. Students should take advantage of such grants if they qualify, but always be wary if the application is not free or of low cost.
Regardless of what type of grant one gets, college grants for unemployed students is not a rare thing and everyone can greatly benefit from federal, private, and state specific grants either based on need or academic excellence. Unemployment should not hinder one from a higher education.