Define the Types of Financial Aid

Learn about all the financial aid options available to help you pay for college.

The biggest misconception about financial aid is that the only students who qualify are exceptionally smart or exceptionally poor.

Although some types of financial aid are awarded based on need, the truth is that many forms of aid are not determined by financial need at all. In addition, most forms of aid only require the student to maintain a passing average — no dean's list required.

Many people never apply for financial aid because they think they won't qualify. Don't be fooled! Financial aid comes in many forms and there are many opportunities for different kinds of students and families.

College can be expensive; if you need help paying for it you will need to take initiative. Plan to take the first step. Apply for all the financial aid you want and need. Start by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You've got a lot to lose if you don't!

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Ask your counselor for financial aid information. Contact the financial aid office of the schools you're interested in attending, or the financial aid office at your college or university, for information on financial aid programs, application procedures and forms, deadlines, and awarding policies. A financial aid counselor can help you if you have problems or unusual circumstances. They can help also you discover financial aid programs to meet your needs and qualifications.

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