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
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 this process.
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
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