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Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. It can cover a range of educational expenses, like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.
Student loans are funded by governments or private lenders.

Scholarships are essentially free money to pay for school.


Grants are given to students who demonstrate financial need.


Program offers flexible part-time jobs around student schedules.

Essential Savings Calculators

Finaid’s custom calculators can help you figure out how much school will cost, how much you need to save and how much aid you’ll need.

The most popular calculators are the Student Aid Index, Loan Prepayment, and Loan Payment calculators.

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Everything FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application used by colleges, universities and career schools for awarding federal, state and college-funded financial aid.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Simplify the prcoess by transferring your Federal tax return information into your FAFSA form.

Title IV Institution Codes
Title IV Institution Codes

Learn all about the Federal School Code, why you need it and where to find it.

Student Aid Index
Student Aid Index

The FAFSA process has introduced the Student Aid Index (SAI) which supersedes the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) formula.