Financial Aid 101
2. Determine Your Eligibility
3. Apply! Apply! Apply!
You won't get any aid without taking the next step: you must APPLY!
You are not obligated to accept any financial aid until you receive the funds, so there is no harm in applying. Be sure to review the eligibility requirements, though. If you're sure you don't meet them, don't waste valuable time applying. However, if you think you might be eligible, APPLY! You can also seek help from a college's financial aid office to get more information on eligibility.
"Don't be shy about applying somewhere because of the perceived cost [of tuition]. Apply and find out what the real cost will be," says Jim Kolesar, a spokesman for Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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4. Consider Your Loan Options
5. Enjoy College and Know Your Responsibilities
Financial Aid Glossary
APR, EFC, FDSLP, FFELP, FAFSA, SAR.
A bowl of alphabet soup, and more!
Oklahoma Grants Based on Need
Federal Grants Based on Need
Other Federal Aid Programs
Repaying Student Loans
Student loans are serious business.