The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is important to complete the FAFSA early in order to receive maximum consideration for free money. Click here to access a comprehensive guide on completing the FAFSA. Descriptions of the types of aid are listed below.
Grants are gift aid or free money awarded to qualified students who demonstrate substantial financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
Loans are funds provided to students (or parents in the case of the Parent PLUS Loan) and must be repaid. Some student loan programs require financial need while others do not.
Students can work on campus through the Federal Work-Study program. The funds earned can be used toward a student's educational expenses, while the student gains beneficial work experience.