Financial Aid for Students

Learn about getting help paying for school.

Federal Student Financial Aid

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

In order to receive federal student aid, you must fill out and submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Before applying, you may want to review:

If you have questions, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center.

Types of Federal Student Financial Aid

Grants and scholarships can come from a variety of resources, including federal and state governments, colleges, or private organizations.
There are a variety of federal student loans available.
The Federal Work-Study Program offers funds for part-time employment to help needy students to finance the costs of postsecondary education.
The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program provides fellowships to financially assist graduate students in fields designated as an area of national need.
You may be able to take advantage of tax credits, deductions and savings plans to help you with expenses for higher education. 

Contact the financial aid office at your school (or the school you're interested in attending) to find out what types of federal, state, and private loans, grants, or scholarships are available.

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Lowering the Cost of College

The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center has information on the most affordable colleges.

There are a variety of programs that may help you lower your costs for college:

Check with your school or state department of education to see if they offer loan relief or reduction programs in exchange for your service in a specific field of study for a certain period of time.

Did you know that you may also qualify for tax benefits while pursuing a college degree?

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