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Below, you'll find pointers to a variety of financial aid resources offered by the federal government. Several of these resources are described in detail on the FinAid site:

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.

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Student/Parent Loans
Whether federal or private, loans are a popular option for paying for school. Learn more about the options, applications and repayment processes.

Grants
Grants are a great, free way to pay for school. Get information on the different types as well as what it takes to qualify.

Other excellent sources of information and advice are available directly from the federal government:

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 operates a toll free hotline to answer questions about federal student assistance programs. The FSAIC can answer your questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federal Stafford and PLUS educational loan programs, the Pell Grant program and other topics.
Phone: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) (TDD for hearing impaired individuals: 1-800-730-8913)

Student Aid on the Web
The US Department of Education's studentaid.ed.gov site contains links to information provided elsewhere by the Department, organized by year in school.

 

 
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