Financial aid, simply defined, is money, which helps students pay for their educational costs. Aid may be in the form of scholarships, grants, employment opportunities, loans, or a combination of all of these.
The Financial Aid Office is primarily responsible for the processing of Federal Title IV aid and coordinating Federal aid with other funds, such as scholarships. Title IV aid includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal College Work Study, and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL). Various departments and agencies on and off campus award other scholarships and grants. The Financial Aid Office is a good resource for questions concerning these other types of aid.
Most federal programs require the student to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA gathers information that is used to determine the relative financial strength of the student's family or the "need" for assistance. Please note that eligibility criterion for each of the programs varies. Students may be able to establish need for all programs while others are able to establish eligibility for one program but not all programs.
In order to receive financial aid, you must: