Paying for College

Paying for College

Learn the basics of financial aid. Here's where you can:

  • Explore financial aid options, including state and federal grant programs, non-governmental grants, school-based scholarships, employer-provided scholarships, profile scholarships, as well as the Federal Work-Study program
  • Gain an understanding of the difference between subsidized direct loans, unsubsidized direct loans, PLUS loans, and private loans
  • Find useful tips on completing the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid), plus FAFSA videos and FAQs about the FAFSA

Ways to pay for college

FAFSA: Application for financial aid, will determine how much need you receive
Grants: A financial gift, usually based on financial need
Scholarships: A financial gift, usually based on merit or special talent
Student Loans:Borrowed money that must be repaid, usually with interest
Work-Study programs:Part-time employment to help pay for college expenses