Keeping college affordable

For many students, the greatest concern about college is not what their major should be, it is how they are going to be able to afford the degree. There are several options to keep college affordable and the goal attainable.  Knowing what options are available and making sensible financial decisions will get you ready!

Where to start:
Funding your education can come from a variety of resources including grants, loans and scholarships.
Every student seeking financial assistance should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a simple application used to determine eligibility for federal and many state aid programs.


Who gets federal student aid?​

Every student who meets some basic eligibility requirements can get some type of financial aid regardless of age or family income.


What is federal student aid?
It’s financial aid from the federal government to help you pay for education expenses at an eligible college, technical school, vocational school or graduate school. There are three categories of federal student aid: grants, work-study
and loans.


Is financial aid available for community college students?

Yes. Community colleges have financial aid offices that can assist you with the financial aid process.


How do I apply?
Fill out the FAFSA online to have access to financial aid to help pay for college. The simplified online application is available at


When do I apply?
Apply as soon as possible after Jan. 1 of the year you plan on attending college.  If you file taxes, it is best to apply after you have filed. You must reapply for each school year.  Each state has priority deadlines that you should know and follow.

Inquire with your school about scholarship opportunities. There may be application deadlines, so it is important to find out this information when considering a college. Your high school guidance office may also have information about outside scholarships for which you may be eligible. Finally, get online and apply! A variety of websites can provide countless scholarship opportunities.

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