FINANCIAL AID IS A BROAD CATEGORY THAT COVERS A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS.
If you’re starting the process of looking at colleges, or if you’re already in college and are looking at resources to help pay for it, we’re here to help! We know how confusing the realm of financial aid can be, so we’ve created a place to share our best tips and information on how it all works. Let’s get started!
WHAT IS FINANCIAL AID?
The concept of financial aid is simple. It’s money that is available to help pay for college. Aid can come from a variety of places, including the federal or state government, private businesses and organizations, and your own college.
It encompasses a variety of different types of aid, such as scholarships, grants, loans, and more. There are different avenues to apply for each type of aid. We break down where to start, and what the application process looks like in our articles below, but in general, you can find financial aid in places like:
- The Department of Education (where to apply for federal financial aid)
- Scholarship sites (like us!)
- Nearby businesses and organizations (many national, state, and even local companies offer scholarships and private student loans)
- Your college’s financial aid office
Now that you’ve got an idea of what financial aid is, and how it works, let’s dive right in! We break down everything you need to know, from what the various types of financial aid are, how to get them, and more tips and information so you can make the most of your resources below.