Applying for financial aid can connect you with immense resources for higher education. Though the forms are long and detailed, it is important to fill them out meticulously and submit them as early as possible.
The following resources provide a rough overview of the financial aid application process. We recommend that you seek additional information by talking with your school counselor and carefully reading publications from college financial aid offices.
We also recommend that you begin with our page on understanding financial aid to get a basic understanding of how things work.
The amount of financial aid will vary per college, depending on each college's ability to meet your financial need.
Important terms you should know when learning about the cost of attending college.
How can selective colleges be less expensive to attend than public or community colleges? We show you how this is possible.
Don't just look at the "sticker price" of a college - use a net price calculator to get a clearer picture of what you can actually afford.
Top colleges can offer excellent financial aid, but we recommend applying for additional scholarships as well - funds that do not need to be repaid.