FAQ About Student's Guide to College and University Selection

How do I know if I am eligible for financial aid or scholarships?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The FAFSA is the key application for most types of financial aid, including federal grants, loans, and work-study programs. Many colleges and universities also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for their own need-based aid programs. The FAFSA is available online at fafsa.ed.gov and should be completed as soon as possible after October 1st of the year before you plan to attend college.

Check for Scholarship Opportunities: There are many scholarship opportunities available for students based on their academic achievements, talents, interests, and other factors. You can search for scholarships through scholarship search engines such as Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and Cappex.

Contact the Institution's Financial Aid Office: Financial aid offices can provide information about institutional scholarships and grants, as well as federal and state financial aid programs. They can also help you understand the application process and eligibility requirements.

Research Outside Organizations: Many outside organizations, such as professional associations, community groups, and businesses, offer scholarships and grants to help students pay for college. Research these organizations and their eligibility requirements to determine if you qualify.