There are a number of sources for applying student financial aid including the federal government, state governments, colleges and universities, and other organizations.
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The federal government supplies the largest amount of all student aid including grants and loans. More Information on Federal Aid please refers to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
State Financial Aid
Generally speaking, states give financial support to public colleges and universities. This support lowers tuition. Some states also offer financial aid directly to individual students, which can be need-based or merit-based. To find out about state aid where you live, refer to your state government website. http://www.csac.ca.gov/ has some information for California students.
Colleges themselves provide financial aid most in the form of scholarships or grants to many of their students. Some is need-based and some is merit-based. Students should contact the financial aid offices of specific schools and request information.
Other Types of Aid
Sometimes, award financial aid is provided by other organizations, such as corporations, labor unions, professional associations, and credit unions. In addition, some organizations, particularly foundations, offer scholarships to minorities, women, and disabled students. College admissions offices and high school guidance counselors can provide more information about scholarships.
Is My Child Eligible for Financial Aid?
Basically, it depends on your family’s financial situation. To qualify for federal aid, must submit a financial aid application. Applications for financial aid request information about a student’s family’s income, savings, and assets, as well as information on the number of children in the family who are in college. This form may be filled out online at http://www.ed.gov.
High school guidance counselors should be able to provide information on when and how to apply for federal, state, and other types of aid.