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Student Financial Aid for College

Looking for, securing, and obtaining financial aid make up some of the most important parts of the college applications process. In the end, it's not just about finding a college -- it's about finding a way to pay for college. That's what all this information is here to help you do. Below, you'll find a plethora of resources, providing you with all the information you need to find out about financial aid and how to get it, including information on definitions of the most important terms involved in financial aid, information on how to fill out financial aid application forms, and plenty of Ask the Experts articles with information on important questions answered by experts.


Financial Aid Q & A: Special Situations

These questions and answers from students in particular circumstances may provide helpful financial aid information for your own situation.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid Countdown: Senior Year

If you did your homework as a junior, then you're already way ahead! Use your research to compare options and find the best school at the best price. Just getting started? Don't panic, but check out these financial aid tips.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid Q & A: The Basics

Have questions about financial aid? This group of questions and answers covers the basic information you need about college costs, campus work, need-based vs. merit-based aid, and tips for getting aid, as well as a section all about the relationship between rolling admissions and financial aid.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid for International Students

If you intend to seek financial assistance for your education, you must submit a financial aid application. The policies for student aid vary from school to school.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

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How Financial Aid is Impacted by Your Financial Situation

Every family's financial situation is different, but there are some "rules" that apply universally when one's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an important part of determining financial aid, is being calculated.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid Essentials: Costs, Aid Eligibility, and Forms

Read on for helpful tips and tools to get you through the financial aid for college planning process.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid Essentials: Your EFC and Out-of-Pocket Costs

When seeking financial aid for college, your Expected Family Contribution will impact the amount of out-of-pocket costs you'll be expected to contribute.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid Definitions, Part Two

Here is a glossary of financial aid terms, starting with the letters F through M, that you may not be familiar with but may be interested in learning more about as you go through the process of acquiring financial aid.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid Definitions, Part Three

Here are definitions for some common financial aid terms beginning with the letters N through Z, so that you can become more familiar with the terms you may hear while pursuing financial aid.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Financial Aid Definitions, Part One

The financial aid process often seems to have a language of its own. Here are some key terms beginning with the letters A through E and their definitions to help you.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Getting Financial Aid for College by Serving with AmeriCorps

Your country needs your help and is willing to help pay for your college education in exchange. AmeriCorps, a federal service agency dedicated to meeting the needs of Americans through public service, offers education benefits that may serve as financial aid to help pay for college, educational training, or student loans in exchange for your service in the program.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

Can I Get My Company to Help Pay My Tuition?

If you are wondering about how to finance your college education, it is a good idea to consider asking your employer to help pay for part or all of your tuition costs.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

Need money for college? Peterson’s "How to Get Money for College" guide can help.

If you need to supplement your federal aid package, use this resource to discover ways to find and evaluate sources of financial aid and get money for college.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

Ask the Experts: Student Financial Aid for College

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

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

Parents - Planning for Unexpected College Costs

You've saved for years, finalized your part on your student's FAFSA, and assisted your child in securing a student loan. Financially, however, your work is far from done. In fact, a parent's work is never done when it comes to the costs associated with seeing a son or daughter through college.

By Ryan Hickey updated on October 17, 2013

Financial Aid Countdown: Junior Year

To max your chances of receiving student financial aid, you have to start early. Throughout the junior year, focus on the following to ensure that you get in and get the money you need to pay for it.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

Finding the money you need to attend a two- or four-year institution or vocational/career college is a challenge, but you can do it if you devise a strategy.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

How to Lower Your Cost of College

Are you interested in finding out how to lower your cost of college? Read on to learn more about DreamDegree.org.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Top Ten Financial Aid Tips for Parents

Looking for financial aid to help foot the tuition bill? Follow these 10 tips to help you secure the funding help you need and remember — don't wait until your child's senior year to start thinking about student aid.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Financial Aid Countdown: Tips for Every Family

When it comes to financial aid, the most important thing you can do is get a head start. The following tips will help you get results.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Financial Aid Questions and Answers

Have questions about financial aid? You're not alone. Read through some of our most commonly asked questions about federal student aid, scholarships, and more.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Financial Aid Advice for Parents

When exploring financial aid for college, it can help to gain perspective from other parents who have gone through the process.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Financial Aid: What You Need to Do to Prepare

College planning may seem like a long way off, especially the paying part, but it's not. Here's how you can get ready.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Financial Aid Process for Middle-Income Families

A report from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (August 2001) took a close look at how middle-income families finance a college education. Find out more by reading on.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Financial Aid Opportunities for Higher-Income Families

While the search for financial aid for parents who "make too much" may be challenging, don't despair! There are various aid opportunities that are not based on financial need and are available to families regardless of their household income level and assets.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

If I Only Knew: Financial Aid Advice, Part Two

Learning about other families' personal experiences with the aid process can help you navigate the challenges and questions you come across in your own experience.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

If I Only Knew: Financial Aid Advice, Part One

Applying for financial aid can be very daunting, especially if you don't have someone to turn to who has been through it. Not only do these families share their experiences — good and bad — they also reveal what they would do differently.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013
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