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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid Information

There is no denying it - colleges are getting more expensive with each passing year. Education beyond high school, however, is still an excellent investment. The financial aid process can be time-consuming, confusing and frustrating, though with the right amount of research and planning, it doesn't have to be.

In this brief overview of the financial aid process we will cover the different types of financial aid and how to apply for financial aid.

Types of Financial Aid

There are three basic types of financial aid for families.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

It all starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be completed online at beginning in January of the student's senior year.

Before you log on to complete your FAFSA, you will need to gather together the following materials:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Driver's License
  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned in the previous year
  • Student's Federal Income Tax Return for the previous year
  • Parents' Federal Tax Return for the previous year
  • Records of untaxed income: Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Welfare, and/or Veteran Benefits Records
  • Current bank statements
  • Current business and investment and mortgage information; business and farm records; and stock, bond and other investment records
  • Alien registration or permanent residence card (if you are not a US citizen)

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