Am I eligible for financial aid?
To qualify for federal financial aid you must:
be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen,
have a valid Social Security number,
register (if you haven't already) with the Selective Service, if you're a male between the ages of 18 and 25,
maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school, and
show you're qualified to obtain a postsecondary education
What are the types of financial aid?
Grants and Scholarships - Do not have to be repaid
Loans - Have to be repaid
Work-study - College aid in exchange for work, often campus employment.
Where can I find money for college?
Federal Student Aid programs include the following:
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (FSEOG)
Federal Work Study
Federal Perkins Loan
Plus Loans (Loans to Parents)
The FAFSA is a form you have to fill out to get financial aid. This is the first step in applying for financial aid. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Colleges and Universities also use the FAFSA to award state and college aid. The process is free. Never pay to apply for federal financial aid.
To fill out the FAFSA you will need:
income tax returns (yours and most likely your parents), W-2 forms, and other records of income.
Complete the FAFSA each year, starting on October 1. Be sure you meet application deadlines.
Ask people in your community about scholarships that may be available to you.
Financial aid office of colleges or career schools you are applying to
Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
Your employer or your parents' employers
BigFuture This free resource, created by the College Board, offers information on financing one’s education.
Scholarship Search. United States Department of Education Web site. Use keywords to search for scholarships. Example: music, art, biology.
Student Aid on the Web. United States Department of Education Web site. Take a career quiz to find a major, use the financial aid wizard to calculate college costs, and use the college savings calculator to help you save money for college.