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Financial Aid for Students

If you need help paying for college, technical, or career school, check out the options you may be eligible for from the federal government and other sources. Learn why federal student loans are generally preferable to private loans, and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

, student loans, and work-study programs through to help pay for college or career school. Use the to access them.

Am I eligible for Federal Student Aid?

Đang chơi bàiEligibility requirements for federal student aid include:

  • Financial need

  • Being a U.S. citizen or an

  • Remaining in good standing on any federal student loans you have

  • Being in or accepted for an eligible degree or certificate program

  • Đang chơi bàiMaintaining adequate academic progress

Đang chơi bàiNote: This is not a complete list. Review .

How do I apply for Federal Student Aid?

  1. Know the deadlines for submitting a . 

    • The federal deadline for the 2020–21 school year is June 30, 2021. 

    • Many states and colleges use the FAFSA for their financial aid programs. .

  2. account if you’re going to submit your FAFSA online or track its status online. If you’re going to submit a paper FAFSA by mail and won’t be tracking its status, you won’t need an FSA ID.

  3. .

  4. Đang chơi bàiKnow what happens . This includes:

    • Đang chơi bàiLearning how to correct or update information on it.

    • Đang chơi bàiFinding out how and when you’ll get your aid.

How do I check the status of an application?

You can check the status of your FAFSA:

  • Đang chơi bàiAnytime after submitting it online

  • Seven to 10 days after mailing a paper FAFSA

You can check by:

  • Đang chơi bàiGoing to and logging in (You must have an .)

  • Đang chơi bàiContacting the

How do I complain about Federal Student Aid?

  • Đang chơi bàiFile a complaint or share feedback online through the .

  • Learn how to handle . For more help with disputes, contact the .

Who do I contact for extra help?

  • Visit the for a detailed guide listing phone numbers and other ways to reach experts about federal student aid, FAFSA, loans and loan consolidation, and more.  

Is there anything else I need to know?


Get a Student Loan

When you are exploring ways to pay for college, career, or technical schoolsĐang chơi bài, you may think about taking out a student loan—money you borrow to help you cover your education expenses and that you must pay back with interest.   

Types of Student Loans

Student loans are from the federal government (called “federal student loans”) or from private sources, such as a bank, credit union, state agency, or school. Learn the before considering a loan.

Federal Student Loans

Đang chơi bàiIf you need to borrow money to pay for college or career school, start with federal student loans. They’re more affordable than private loans.

Types of Federal Student Loan Programs - The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program offers four types of Direct Loans:    

  • are made to eligible undergraduate students based on financial need.

  • are made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and are not based on financial need.

  • are made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students.

  • allow you to combine all of your eligible federal student loans into a single loan with a single loan servicer.

Eligibility - You must be enrolled at a school that participates in the school loan program, and .

How to apply - Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Watch this video to learn more about what happens after submitting your FAFSA.

Private Student Loans

Đang chơi bàiBefore taking a private loan, make sure you need it. These loans generally are not as affordable as federal student loans and offer little repayment flexibility. Read these .

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Đang chơi bàiLast Updated: December 1, 2020