The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year.

source: Federal Student Aid Website

Who is Eligible for Aid?

Everyone can apply for financial aid. Of course, there are some minimum requirements that are fairly standard for some aid programs. The checklist provided should be considered as a starting point and not a comprehensive collection of requirements.


Types of Aid

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Aid is available in many forms – Scholarships and Grants, Fellowships, Loans, and Student Employment. The good news is that there’s a plethora of aid programs for each variety.


How Is Financial Aid Determined?

Cost of Attendance = Amount of resources (money, food, tuition) you need to get through a school year.

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Expected Family Contribution = The amount of resources a family and a student can contribute towards the Cost of Attendance

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