Many people fund their education or training through financial aid or tuition assistance programs. Below is a brief, high-level list of information sources and resources for obtaining Federal student aid:

  1. Financial aid comes in three forms—grants, work-study programs, and loans.
  2. All Federal student aid applicants must first fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which provides a Student Aid Report (SAR) and eligibility rating.
  3. Forms must be submitted to desired institutions of study, which determine the amount of aid you will receive.
  4. For information on applying for Federal financial aid, visit the FAFSA Internet site: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  5. A U.S. Department of Education publication describing Federal financial aid programs, called The Student Guide, is available at: http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html.
  6. Information on Federal programs is available from: http://www.studentaid.ed.gov and http://www.students.gov.
  7. Information on State programs is available from your State’s higher education agency. A list of these agencies is available at: http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/Programs/EROD/.