Financial Aid

Financial aid is funding provided from outside the family to help students pay college expenses.  Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, loans, and work programs.  Eligibility for most aid programs is determined based on financial need.  Financial aid programs are subject to availability of funds and to federal, state, and institutional guidelines.

Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at by the priority deadline of April 15.  Based on the U.S. Department of Education formula, the information submitted will determine the family’s expected family contribution, (EFC) or the amount the family should be able to provide.  Financial need is calculated by subtracting the EFC from the school’s cost of attendance.

To be eligible for federal student aid, students must:

  1. demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
  2. have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent;
  3. be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  4. comply with Selective Service registration, if required; 
  5. have a valid Social Security number; 
  6. be accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  7. meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the school you will attend;
  8. not be in default on a federal student loan and not owe money on a federal student grant; and
  9. certify federal student aid will be used only for educational purposes.

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