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Federal Student Aid

Federal student aid is a great resource for helping to make your college education dreams come true, and it's important that you understand how to apply for it, and how to secure it. Here, you'll find all the information you need to know about federal student aid, including information on how you can determine your eligibility, information on how federal aid connects and relates to online learning programs, and information on how you can calculate your Expected Family Contribution for paying for college. Make sure to take advantage of these resources to prepare yourself as best you can for securing federal financial aid.

Federal Student Aid and Work-Study Awards

Work-study opportunities won't pay for everything, but they can take a bite out of your school bill and offer you an opportunity to gain valuable experience.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 09, 2014

Independent Status and Federal Student Aid

When it comes to federal financial aid, however, the word "independent" is used a little differently.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Federal Student Aid for Online Learning Programs

On average, people with undergraduate and graduate degrees make more money than those without them. However, getting back into school may seem like an insurmountable task — especially when you consider the costs involved.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

How Federal Student Aid Eligibility is Calculated by the Government

The Federal Methodology (FM) is the formula used by the federal government to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for a Federal Pell Grant, campus-based programs, and Federal Subsidized Stafford and Direct Subsidized Loan Programs.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

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EFC Calculator Helps Estimate Your Expected Family Contribution

An EFC calculator can help you estimate what your Expected Family Contribution may be, and assist you in planning for how to pay for college.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

Balancing Federal Student Aid Work-Study and College Activities

How you decide to approach work and how much you want to take on depends on you and an honest assessment of both your needs and limits.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

Ask the Experts: Federal Student Aid

Read actual questions from students about federal student aid and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Federal Student Aid Questions & Answers

If you have questions about saving for college, determining your eligibility for financial aid, and completing the FAFSA, you're not alone. Here are some commonly asked questions.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Federal Student Aid: Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grants

If you qualified for a federal Pell Grant in your financial aid package, there are other financial aid opportunities that you should know about. Pell Grant recipients may also qualify for one of two new federal grants: the Academic Competitiveness Grant or the National SMART Grant.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Federal Student Aid: Types of Awards

The government doles out billions in federal financial aid each year. Most comes from the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, or Department of the Interior.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013
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