Learn About Federal Student Aid
To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal student financial aid can be used at
- Public or private colleges and universities
- Career or vocational schools
Many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
Financial aid can significantly reduce the cost of college.
How to Apply for Federal Student Aid
Read the basic eligibility criteria for U.S. citizens. Most foreign students are not eligible for federal student aid; however, some non-US citizens may qualify for student aid. Get more resources for foreign students who want to study in the US.
Confirm the deadlines before submitting your FAFSA. There are separate federal and state deadlines.
Fill out and submit your FAFSA. See your filing options.
Send your feedback. File a complaint, report suspicious activity, or provide positive feedback using the online form.
Types of Federal Student Aid
When you submit your FAFSA, you may be eligible to receive the following types of funding:
- Grants - Federal grants are awarded to students with financial need.
- Loans - A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest. Federal student loans offer better interest rates than private bank loans.
- Work-study - A federal student aid program that provides part-time employment to help pay for education expenses
If you have questions, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center.
- Learn about the tax credits and deductions available for higher education.