There are opportunities for aid outside of scholarships and financial aid; you just have to know where to look. Other types of aid come from a variety of sources, like federal and state governments, the military and employers. Sometimes, students are able to automatically qualify, while other times, an application is necessary just like when applying for financial aid and scholarships. Other types of aid come in all shapes and sizes so it’s recommended that students exhaust all areas in addition to applying for scholarships and financial aid. Review our resources below:
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
You must fill out the FAFSA form in order to apply for federal and state student assistance. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA. Finaid’s FAFSA section contains a database of the Title IV School Codes needed to complete the form as well as instructions and tips for filling it out.
Whether federal or private, loans are a popular option for paying for school. Learn more about the options, applications and repayment processes.
Grants are a great, free way to pay for school. Get information on the different types as well as what it takes to qualify.
US Department of Education: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
The US Department of Education (USED) offers a considerable amount of information about student financial aid online, including electronic versions of helpful print publications:
Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)
The Federal Student Aid Information Center provides information about federal student assistance programs.
US Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year.
U.S. State Government Assistance
Each state has a different FAFSA submission deadline. Visit the sites for both your state of residence and for the states of the colleges to which you are applying.
Section 529 Plans
Section 529 plans, also known as Qualified Tuition Programs (QTP), are among the best ways of saving for your children’s college education. There are two types of section 529 plans, prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans.
There are aid and benefits for active military personnel and veterans. Military student aid, such as the Montgomery GI Bill, is one of the many reasons people enlist in the armed forces.
FACTS Tuition Management
FACTS Tuition Management offers tuition management and budgeting services for educational institutions at all levels, from pre-school through post-graduate institutions.
Tuition Management Systems
Tuition Management Systems provides tuition payment programs for more than 250,000 students and families annually at more than 1,000 schools, kindergarten through college. Their interest-free monthly payment option allows students and families to spread educational costs over a several months, without interest and without borrowing.
More Aid Options
- Scholarship Search
- Aid for Students Living with Disabilities
- Best Graduate Student Loans
- Financial Aid for Veterans and their Dependents
- In-State Tuition and State Residency Requirements
- Resources for if Your Parents Won’t or Can’t Pay
- Resources for LGBTQ Students
- Resources for Undocumented Students
- Find Part-Time Jobs
- 10 Ways to Pay for College