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Less money for grants available

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SEATTLE, Wash.- Middle class students seeking help to pay for college are getting some tough love from their college's financial aid offices. In years when the economy was better, there may have been more money available for grants for some of them.

Now they have to work hard for the dollars, but they haven't completely disappeared.

More than 3,000 scholarships for Washington students pursuing technical or health care careers were announced this past week. More than 40 percent of those Opportunity Scholarships went to kids from families that earn $50,000 or more.

Surprisingly, the competition wasn't that tough for these $1,000 renewable awards. Only 5,621 students applied and the scholarships were handed out to the applicants with the best grade point averages.