First, learn the financial aid process at the schools you’re considering
Talk with the financial aid office – they’re your most important resource for information.
College and university websites often include information about financial aid, as do websites established by government agencies and other organizations that assist students with the financing of their education. These include the U.S. Department of Education’s student gateway at Studentaid.ed.gov and FinAid.org, a free, comprehensive financial aid resource offering everything from calculators to scholarship listings.
We’ve included a list of questions you should ask the financial aid office at each school you’re considering. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of their answers with your other important records. This way all of your information is in one place.
- What types of financial aid are available?
- What are the required application procedures and forms?
- How and where do I obtain the application forms?
- Are there any school-based grants or scholarships that I can apply for?
- What are the application deadlines?