Student Financial Aid

By: brenda moore

What is student financial aid? When you consider this type of help you are talking about two different categories. First you have scholarships that are there to help you gain a better ride through school and then there are the tuition loans. Most of us try filling out applications for this type of help from any possible source with the least amount of repercussions in the end. With tuition loans we are liable for the amount of the loan. This means that eventually we will have to repay the amount plus interest that we borrowed.

So when you are looking for student financial aid you may first want to fill out applications for scholarships. There are literally thousands of scholarships you can choose from. They all will have certain guidelines that you will have to follow and that means some may not apply to you. The trick for using this monetary help when you consider scholarships is finding every one that you can apply for. Keep in mind that just applying for three is not a good number. You really have to go out there and apply to as many as you can find to qualify for.

Your next step after receiving student financial aid in the way of scholarships is going to be the federal Pell grants and Stafford loans. The Pell grants are something that you do not have to pay back. Generally your first two semesters can be covered with the Pell grants and then after that you have to seek other monetary help.

With these types of student financial aid you have to fill out a form regarding your income and whether you are a dependent on your parents' tax returns. The government will then decide just how much help you need for school and award the amount they see fit at a low interest rate and great repayment policy.

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