Guide to Financial Aid

College is a big investment, which is why it’s important to know your options, plan ahead, and choose wisely when paying for it.

While the financial aid process may seem daunting, planning carefully and researching all your options can save you thousands!

When to Get Started

Three Types of Financial Aid

Free, Federal, And Private Student Loans

1. Use Free Money First

First you should take advantage of scholarships and grants, which cost you nothing and do not have to be repaid as long as you meet their conditions. In other words, these equal FREE money for college. Some may be included in your college award letters, while others can be found on your own.

2. Next Look To Federal Student Loans

After scholarships and grants, you should explore federal student loans that come with benefits not available from other types of loans. These are typically offered within your award letter from your college. Before you take out any loan, be aware that a loan is a legal obligation that you are responsible for repaying. Learn More

3. Fill The Gap With Private Student Loans

When scholarships, grants, and federal student loans aren’t enough, you may need to consider private student loans. Private loans are made by private organizations such banks, credit unions, and state-based or state-affiliated organizations, and have terms and conditions that are set by the lender. Because offerings will vary, it’s important to review the rates, terms, and conditions before applying for a private student loan.

Ask For Help

If you have additional questions about paying for college, consult our team of representatives for personalized guidance on paying for college and navigating your options. You can also direct questions or requests to your college financial aid office. They’re there to help!

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