Student's Guide to FinAid

If you're a student, don't miss the Student's Financial Aid Checklist, offering month-by-month instructions from high school onward.

Also, be sure to see these pages on FinAid:

Step One: Do The Math

  • Start by figuring out how much your education will cost with the College Cost Projector.
  • Next, determine how much your family will be expected to contribute with the Financial Aid Estimation Calculator.
  • The difference between the cost of your education and your family's expected contribution is how much financial aid you'll need.

Step Two: Consider Your Options

  • Student Loans describes low interest loans available for your education.
  • Private Loans can provide additional money.
  • Scholarships are offered for everything from academic merit and athletic prowess to particular fields of study.
  • Other Sources of Aid provides additional options, from national service and military

    reserve programs to tuition payment plans and other government aid.

Step Three: Apply for Financial Aid

Step Four: Still Have Questions?

  • Confused by all the terminology? See the glossary.

  • Still have unanswered questions? Read the FAQ, a collection of answers to frequently asked questions. If you can't find an answer there, Ask the Aid Advisor lets you submit questions to financial aid professionals across the country.

If you're an international student, the EduPASS contains everything you need to know about financial aid and studying in the US.

If you're a graduate or professional student, don't miss the sections on aid for Graduate School, Business School, Law School and Medical School.

If your parents refuse to help you financially, read the section on tips for students who are living on their own.

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