Frequently Asked Questions About Financial Aid

  • Financial aid is intended to fill the gap between the actual price of the school and what students and their families can realistically contribute from savings and income to pay for this education. This is called financial need. It allows students to attend schools that they otherwise might not be able to afford. The student, the student's family, and taxpayers (through financial aid) share responsibilityfor paying for higher education.

    If you think you can’t afford to go to college, think again. Financial aid has helped millions of students pay for their education beyond high school.


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  • Am I eligible for financial aid if I am not a U.S. citizen?
  • Am I eligible for financial aid if I am not a US citizen?
  • Do families need to complete a separate FAFSA for each child?
  • Do I need to include my step parent's income on the FAFSA?
  • Does the FAFSA consider me an independent student if I am expecting a child during the academic year for which I will receive financial aid?
  • How can I find answers to my financial aid questions?
  • How do I apply for financial aid?
  • How much financial aid can I receive?
  • I live with my foster parents and their children. Should they be reported in parents' Household size?
  • I was born in the United States, but my parents are undocumented. Can I still apply for financial aid using the FAFSA?
  • If my parents are legally separated or divorced but filed taxes jointly last year, do I need to include their joint financial information on the FAFSA?
  • Is tuition cheaper if I stay in-state to go to school?
  • My parents refuse to provide their tax information for the FAFSA. Can I still get financial aid?
  • What types of Financial Aid are there?
  • Why should I complete the FAFSA when I know I won't qualify for aid?