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About Financial Aid

Financial aid can help with the cost of college and are an important consideration for many families. Consider free financial aid options to help you pay for college before taking out student loans. Below are resources to help you learn about federal financial aid, the financial aid process and more.

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Navigating Financial Aid - Financial Aid

Nov 15, 2019

Navigating Financial Aid


Navigating the financial aid process can seem daunting whether it's your first time in college or you are a returning student. Use these step-by-step instructions to help guide you through the process.

Student Aid Report(SAR)-how to pay

Sep 05, 2019

The Student Aid Report


You will receive your Student Aid Report after you submit your FAFSA. Learn about the SAR and how it is used to determine financial aid.

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What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

Oct 06, 2016

What You Need to Complete the FAFSA


To prepare for filling out the FAFSA, it's important to gather the required materials so you have them on hand. Here's what you need to complete the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Process - Financial Aid

Oct 01, 2016

The Financial Aid Process


Get insight about applying for financial aid and the FAFSA process. Understanding the federal financial aid process and how student loans work.

Types of Financial Aid

Jan 29, 2016

Types of Financial Aid


Take advantage of the various types of financial aid available to you such as scholarships and grants to help you pay for school.

Federal Work-Study

Jun 23, 2015

Federal Work-Study


Learn more about the Federal Work-Study Program that provides part-time jobs to help students pay for their college education.

What is an Award Letter - Financial Aid

Feb 26, 2015

The Award Letter


An award letter is sent from the schools where you have been accepted and details how much financial aid you will receive.

Qualify for Financial Aid

Jul 24, 2014

Qualify for Financial Aid


Families often ask how much financial aid they will we qualify for. Learn about programs and strategies for families to help pay for college.

Financial Aid Calendar - Paying for College

Financial Aid Calendar


Stay on top of important deadlines with this helpful financial aid calendar from Discover Student Loans.


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