Student Resources

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Financial Aid Resources

The Office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school. Please use the following resources below, and contact our office with any questions you may have.

Getting Started

  • Start gathering information early.
  • Free information is readily available from:
  • High school counselors
  • College & career school financial aid offices (where you plan to attend)
  • Local and college libraries
  • Federal Student Aid (U.S. Department of Education)
  • Other Internet sites (search terms student financial aid OR assistance)
  • Ask questions: counselors may know if you have exceptional circumstances that affect your eligibility.
  • Keep copies of all forms and correspondence: you must reapply for aid each year.
  • Parents of students: save money long before your child attends college.
  • Good overviews:
  • Beware of scholarship scams -- don't pay for free information!

Targeted Aid for Special Groups

Interested in public service?

Federal assistance programs seek to encourage people to work in geographic areas or professions where there’s a particular need (such as doctors in underserved areas); encourage underrepresented groups to enter a particular profession; and provide aid in exchange for services provided (such as military service).

Aid for private K-12 education: No direct federal assistance, check with schools themselves:

Student Aid and Where it Comes From

  • Basic assistance categories:
  • Financial need-based: Remember that students and their parents are responsible for paying what they can-- financial aid is a supplement, not a substitute, for family resources.
  • Non need-based: Factors include academic excellence, ethnic background, or organization membership. Corporations may also offer assistance to employees and children.
  • Federal Student Aid:
  • States offer residents a variety of scholarships, loans, and tuition exemptions.
  • Colleges and universities provide some 20% of aid, most need-based.
  • Check university Websites and the institution's financial aid office when you apply for admission.
  • Private foundations, corporations, and organizations offer scholarships or grants:

Repaying Your Loans

After college, the federal government has ways to help you repay your loans.