Financial Aid Information For Students
Financial Aid is a wonderful program to help with the cost of
college. It is a program that helps to supplement the cost of
education and offers opportunities to those who otherwise may
not have the means to further their education.
The first step to receiving financial aid is to filling out the
free application for federal student aid. This is the agency
that determines what the family contribution should be. The
difference between the cost of attendance and expected
contribution for a student, determines how much funds should be
awarded based on need. There are some programs that are based on
merit or are non-need based and can replace expected
contributions from a family source.
By applying early, several funding sources for assistance can be
considered. An eligible student with demonstrated need should
not be denied the opportunity to attend college. Though the maze
of financial aid can be intimidating, if it is taken on a step
at a time it's as easy as drawing a line from A to B.
Begin by determining your eligibility to participate in federal,
state and local financial aid assistance. Once you have
determined that you are a good candidate for eligibility, apply
for and receive your financial aid. After your initial
application for Federal Student Aid, the remainder of the
process should be completed at your prospective college or
university. The Financial Aid office can be very helpful with
To ensure your success, plan a college education budget.
Understand the policies and procedures that will affect your
financial aid experience; and if a student loan is part of your
budget be sure you understand all the repayment options. Another
important financial aid opportunity that you can't afford to
overlook is the work-study program. Often you will be given a
part time job within your college or university to help you with
expenses. With proper planning, nearly anyone can obtain a good