New Mainers- Paying for Higher Education

Higher education in the U.S. can be expensive but there is money available to help students pay! The United States government has student financial aid for eligible U.S. citizens, as well as eligible non-citizens, and comes in the form of federal grants, loans, and work study.

Are you eligible for federal student financial aid? To be eligible, you must be:

A U.S. citizen, OR

An eligible non-citizen, defined as:

  • A U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551), or a conditional permanent resident with a Conditional Green Card (I-551C)
  • Other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations:
    • Refugee
    • Asylum Granted
    • Parolee (I-94 confirms that you were paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired),
    •  T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or
    • Cuban-Haitian Entrant
  • The holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of “Victim of human trafficking”
  • A resident of the Republic of Palau (PW), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (MH), or the Federated States of Micronesia (FM)
  • A Canadian-born Native American under terms of the Jay Treaty

If you qualify, the next step is to create FSA IDs (username and password) and then complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. You can learn more about how to file the FAFSA from FAME: Filing the FAFSA.

If you speak Arabic, we’ve created this video to help with creating and retrieving FSA IDs: Creating an FSA ID.

If you are not eligible for federal student aid, there may be other ways to pay for college.