Financial Aid for Students

Learn about getting help paying for school.

Federal Student Financial Aid

Types of Federal Student Financial Aid

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.

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

Before you can apply for any federal student aid, you must fill out and submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need more information:

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

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

1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665
TTY: 1-800-730-8913

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Lowering the Cost of College

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.

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

You may also qualify for tax benefits while pursuing a college degree.

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