The federal government offers more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to students each year. To see if you qualify for aid, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly called the FAFSA.
Many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
Check the application deadlines for your state. Many state deadlines occur in early 2014. Also check the deadlines for your college.
Get more information about financial aid for college or career school.
These five reasons for filling out the FAFSA from Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan will leave you with no excuse not to take the time to apply for financial aid.
You can apply for federal student aid even if you haven’t filed your taxes. Find out how.
To determine what help is available to pay for vocational or technical training, contact your school’s financial aid office. They provide information on loans, grants, scholarships, and application procedures.
You may also contact:
- Your local employment office - This office provides information on available training programs, costs, and payment options.
- Your state department of education - This department provides information on available state-sponsored programs and referrals to local sources of funding.
- The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) - This office provides information on federally-funded vocational and adult education programs.
Employment for Veterans
If you are a veteran, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which offers many programs designed to help you.