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Financial Aid

Financial Aid is money awarded to students to help them pay for their education.  Aid is given as loans, grants, scholarships, or work study.  Some forms of financial aid are required to be repaid after graduation.  To qualify for financial aid, students and parents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA-The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a free financial aid form used to determine eligibility for need-based federal financial aid to help you pay for college.  Early application is strongly encouraged-check with the colleges/universities to which you are applying regarding the priority deadline for filing. 

Grant-A grant is a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid or earned by working.  Grants are usually based on financial need; however, academic merit may also be considered.

Loan-A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest, so be sure you understand your options and responsibilities.

Work Study-Work study is a federally funded part-time employment program for undergraduate and graduate students.  Eligibility is based on financial need.  The earnings help students meet a portion of their educational expenses.