Learning About Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to help families pay for college. Applying for financial aid is easier than it has ever been. Every student should apply for financial aid, regardless of income. You won’t know what financial aid you may be eligible for unless you apply.

Many of the steps for applying for financial aid are similar regardless of the school you are planning to attend. However, deadlines differ among schools and some schools require additional forms. Understanding the financial aid process will help you maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive.

There are three basic steps in the financial aid process:

  1. Get Ready to Apply
  2. Apply for Financial Aid: File Your FAFSA
  3. Follow Up After You Apply

You don’t have to be accepted to a school before you apply for financial aid.