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Who is eligible for Federal financial aid?

All students who may need financial assistance for college are encouraged to apply for aid. Even if you think you may not be eligible, you may be pleasantly surprised so make sure you apply. Eligibility depends upon several factors including parental income and assets, the number of people the parents support, and the number of children attending college. Even if a student isn't eligible for grants, there are a number of loan programs available. There are also some basic eligibility requirements for most kinds of financial aid that are not related to your financial need. You must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non citizen (see the FAFSA for more detail)
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Be working toward a degree, certificate or eligible goal (like transfer)
  • Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan
  • Be a high school graduate or have the equivalent of a high school diploma (like a GED) or take a special test to show you have the ability to benefit from college education
  • Not have had eligibility for federal student aid suspended due to a conviction of drug possession or sales in the recent past (see the FAFSA for more detail)


What do I need to do to get Financial Aid?

To receive financial aid, you must take these steps:
  • Apply to schools you would like to attend
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any other forms the schools may require
  • After you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), submit it to the school you wish to attend
  • Evaluate financial aid offers (Award Letters) received from each school to determine the offer you want to accept
  • Apply for federal student loans to fill funding gaps not covered by scholarships and grants awarded to you
  • If you need additional funds beyond the federal student loan maximum borrowing limit, apply for a alternative loan


What types of Financial Aid are available?

Financial aid comes in many shapes and sizes depending on your needs. It includes merit-based aid like scholarships, need-based aid like grants, federal student loans like the Federal PLUS Loan and the Federal Stafford Loan, federal work-study programs, and credit-based alternative loans to bridge funding gaps not covered by traditional forms of financial aid.

When should I begin the financial aid process?

The best time to begin the financial aid process is the beginning of the year before you plan to go to college, but not later than the December prior to the first year you plan to start school. It is important to spend time researching your financial aid options, applying for any "free money" such as scholarships, and working on completing the necessary forms by the stated deadlines. The FAFSA form should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1 for entrance in the fall semester.

 
 


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