Financial aid helps you meet the difference between what you can reasonably be expected to pay and what it will cost you to go to college. It may be in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs, or a combination of any of these programs.
Grants are generally awarded based on financial need and require no repayment.
A scholarship is a financial award given to a student on the basis of academic achievement, merit, and/or financial need. Scholarships usually do not have to be repaid.
Loans must be repaid at a future date, with interest, usually following graduation or when you cease to be enrolled at least half-time.The Federal Direct Student Loan Program or "Direct Loans" are provided by the US government directly to students and their parents.
Work study is a form of need-based federal financial aid. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.
Veterans Education Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many Veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program.
The Book Voucher Program is available to students as an advance against their financial aid award to be used for the purpose of purchasing required books, supplies, or manuals for their courses.
Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) offers several needs-based ways of paying for college.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
The Vocational Rehabilitation program offers education benefits for individuals with disabilities.