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Guide your students through applying to college, obtaining aid, and considering a career.

Financial Aid Guidance for Students

Most students need some form of financial aid to pay for college. You can help them obtain that aid by guiding them through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, key to many forms of federal, state, and institutional money for college. Use the Pay for College area of AIE to help your students understand the cost of college, search for scholarships, and complete the application process.

Understanding how to pay for college
Student Resource Details
How Much Will College Cost Me? Average costs by school type
Explore the Financial Aid Process Overview that explains how to obtain financial aid
Ten Tips for Applying for Financial Aid Tips on how to increase the chances of getting aid, including grants, work-study, and scholarships
Estimate Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator to estimate how much the student's family might provide for college

Applying for financial aid
Student Resource Details
Your FAFSA Connection A soup-to-nuts overview for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid along with links to resources
A Video Guide to Completing the FAFSA Video overview that walks users through the process
A Video Guide to the Texas Application for State Financial Aid Great resource in case your student needs to complete the TASFA

Exploring loans and scholarships
Student Resource Details
Search for Scholarships Versatile search engine to more than 10,000 scholarship opportunities
Ten Steps to a Strong Scholarship Application Help for turning in the best scholarship application possible
Explore Your Federal Loan Options An introduction to the most common form of financial aid
Can the Texas B-On-Time Loan Program Help You? How to apply to a great loan program for Texas students


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