There are three primary sources of aid, the federal government, the state government, and the institution. Another, smaller source of aid is private/outside organizations. These funding sources offer grants, scholarships, loans, and funding for employment and/or service. Explore these pages for information on a variety of aid sources and programs, but remember in most cases you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.
Grants are funds that do not require repayment. Grants are generally awarded to students with the greatest financial need, which is determined by the completion of the FAFSA. The Federal grant program consists of PELL, SEOG, TEACH, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
Scholarships are gifts of money that do not require repayment. Scholarships usually recognize special achievements in academics, talent, and leadership. Scholarship can come from a variety of sources.
Loans are funds that students and/or parents may borrow to pay for school and require repayment. The Federal Loan program consists of Direct Stafford, Perkins, Parent PLUS, and Graduate PLUS. Student may also obtain a Private/Alternative Loan to assist with costs as well. Private/Alternative Loans are non federal loans and terms of the loan and repayments options are determined by the lender.
Employment and Service Related is funding earned by the student.