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Get the most out of your institutional aid, government grants, private scholarships, work-study, student loans, and more.

 

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How do I fill out the FAFSA?

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, should be your first step as you begin the financial aid process. You can complete the...

How do I fill out the CSS Profile?

A growing number of colleges now require the CSS Profile to determine financial need. It requires more information than the FAFSA, but can also...

How do I apply for the Pell Grant?

To apply for the Pell Grant, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA and submit it to your college. There is no separate application for this...

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Common financial aid questions

When is the FAFSA due?

The FAFSA has a federal deadline of June 30, but most students must have it done much earlier. That’s because each college and university...

What does my FAFSA EFC number mean?

Your FAFSA EFC, or Expected Family Contribution, is an index number that indicates how much your family will be expected to pay for your...

How do students with divorced parents fill out the FAFSA?

Generally, students with divorced parents will only need to include the financial information of the parent they spend 50% or more of the year...

Frequently Asked Questions

How to pay for college?

The most common ways students can pay for college are savings, need-based financial aid, merit scholarships, work study and student loans.

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What if financial aid is not enough?

If need-based financial aid is not enough you still have options. We recommend that students consider scholarships, work study, a part time job, or a more affordable educational option. As a last resort you can fill the gap with student loans or ISAs.

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What is the Net Price Calculator?

The Net Price Calculator provides students and parents with an estimate of need-based financial aid at any college.

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How do you get in-state tuition?

In-state tuition is one way to save money when paying for college. In addition to establishing residency, some colleges will offer tuitino reciprocity that gives out-of-state students discounted tuition.

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What are Federal SEOG Grants?

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are need-based financial grants that help students pay for college.

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