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:
- Basic eligibility criteria.
- An overview of filing options.
- Commonly asked questions about the process.
- Student aid deadlines - federal and your state's deadlines.
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.