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How Do I Pay for College?

Paying for College may seem like a daunting and impossible dream for many of us.  Here are some resources available to make that college degree a reality.  If you need more suggestions, ask any of our librarians for assistance.

The four (4) basic sources of financial aid are:

  • Federal Financial Aid - the largest source of financial aid that offers (9) nine different aid programs;
    • What Do I need to file for Financial Aid? (www.fafsa.gov)
      • Most recent Federal Tax return (yours and parents if necessary)
      • Most recent W-2 forms
      • Other income received not reported on your tax return
      • Federal PIN to sign (you can get your PIN at www.PIN.ed.gov)
  • State - The following grants and scholarships are funded by the State of Ohio and adminstered by the Ohio Board of Regents:

If you have questions about financial aid, including grants and scholarships available from the State of Ohio, call the State Grants and Scholarships Toll-Free Hotline: 1-888-833-1133 (automated line).

  • Institutional - colleges and universities offer numerous scholarships, grants, and loans to students (check their websites); and
  • Private Sources - come from many different civic organizations, associations, clubs, foundations, churches, and businesses. (See Applying for Financial Aid and other Resource links in the 2nd box to the left of the page)

The four (4) types of financial aid are:

  • Grants - awarded to students that show they have financial need.  Grants typically do not require repayment;
  • Loans - a source of aid that must be repaid, usually with interest, after you graduate or stop going to school;
  • Employment - a program where students may work and earn money to help pay for school; and
  • Scholarships - awarded to students based on special talents, skills or high academic achievement.
 

Federal Student Aid: Find Information You Need Online

StudentAid.gov is a new website that provides straightforward and easy to understand information about planning and paying for college. The site combines content and interactive tools from several ED websites. As a mobile-optimized website, StudentAid.gov is fully accessible on tablets and smartphones.

FAFSA INFORMATION

 

1. Fill out the Fafsa

 

www.fafsa.gov

 

2. Basic FAFSA info: what is it and how to you fill it out

 

www.StudentAid.gov/fafsa

www.StudentAid.gov/complete

 

3. Dependency Status for FAFSA purposes

 

www.StudentAid.gov/fafsa/filling-out/dependency

 

4. How aid is calculated (including link to detailed EFC info)

 

www.StudentAid.gov/how-calculated

 

Types of Aid/Getting Aid

 

1. Types of Financial Aid

 

www.StudentAid.gov/types

2. Who can get federal student aid

 

www.StudentAid.gov/eligibility

3. Pell Lifetime Eligibility used

 

www.StudentAid.gov/pell-limit

4. Finding and Applying for

Scholarships

 

www.StudentAid.gov/scholarships

5. Loan Interest Rates and Fees

 

www.StudentAid.gov/interest

6. Avoiding Financial Scams

 

www.StudentAid.gov/scams

Repaying Loans

 

1. Loan Repayment

 

www.StudentAid.gov/repay

 

2. Income Based Repayment

 

www.StudentAid.gov/ibr

3. Pay as You Earn

 

www.StudentAid.gov/PayAsYouEarn

 

4. Public Service Loan      Forgiveness

www.StudentAid.gov/publicservice

5. Loan forgiveness in General

www.StudentAid.gov/forgiveness

6. Loan forgiveness for teachers

www.StudentAid.gov/teach-forgive

 

College Prep

 

1. College Preparation Checklist: checklists for financial and academic preparation, for elementary through adult students

 

www.StudentAid.gov/checklist

 

2. Why go to College (education and pay/unemployment rates)

 

www.StudentAid.gov/whycollege

3. Middle School Preparation

 

www.StudentAid.gov/early

 

Special Audiences

 

1. Info for parents

 

www.StudentAid.gov/parent

 

2. Graduate School Funding

 

www.StudentAid.gov/grad

3. Financial Aid for Adult students

 

www.StudentAid.gov/resources#adult-students

 

4. Aid for Military families

www.StudentAid.gov/military

5. Going to College in another country

www.StudentAid.gov/international

Social Media

 

1. @FAFSA Twitter Feed

 

www.Twitter.com/FAFSA

 

2. Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel

 

www.YouTubecom/FederalStudentAid

 

3. Federal Student Aid Facebook

 

www.Facebook.com/FederalStudentAid

 

 

Suggested Books

Here is a great list of suggested books to get you started. 

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Debt-Free U - Zac Bissonnette; Andrew Tobias (Foreword by)
Call Number: 378.38 BIS
ISBN: 9781591842989
Publication Date: 2010-08-31

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Getting Financial Aid 2012 - College Board Editors; Henry Holt Books Staff (Prepared for Publication by)
Call Number: 378.3 COL
ISBN: 0874479703
Publication Date: 2011-07-05

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Scholarship Handbook 2012 - College Board Editors
Call Number: 378.34 COL
ISBN: 0874479711
Publication Date: 2011-07-05

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How to Get Money for College - Peterson's
Call Number: 378.3 PET
ISBN: 0768932955
Publication Date: 2011-08-30

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Loans and Grants from Uncle Sam - Anna Leider
Call Number: Place Request 378.3 LOA
ISBN: 9781575091051
Publication Date: 2012

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