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Paying for College

In order to receive financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted annually. Applying early and meeting priority dates helps to ensure that you will receive the maximum aid offer based on your eligibility. Financial aid consists of loans (funds that must be repaid), grants (gift assistance), work-study (funds that must be earned by working), and scholarships (gift assistance).

Preparation is key so plan ahead! Please use our free online financial literacy tool, GradReady, to assist you with budgeting, financial aid basics, money management, and student loan repayment. We highly encourage you to apply for scholarships each year in order to keep your out-of-pocket costs and debt load to a minimum.

The best thing you can do in preparation to pay for college is to educate yourself, plan ahead and ask questions. The staff in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships are here to help!

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Students can go to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for guidance in applying for student aid. In the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, there is a scholarships coordinator on staff that is able to help you find scholarships in the area, on campus, and even nationwide, too. Biggest federal student aid resource for students is the Pell Grant and then also student loans.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available online, through paper format, and most recently, there is an app available on your phone to go fill it out. For first year students, there's a lot of merit scholarships available, and then also for transfer students, too.

There's a lot of different opportunities for employment for students. There's work study options available, there's working with dining and summer conferences, and even working in your residential halls. I myself work in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships as an administrative assistant and student mentor.

There is an ROTC program here and there's a lot of scholarships available for those who partake in the program. Tuition is fully funded, and they receive a monthly stipend, too.

For me, paying for college has been challenging at some times. But there is a lot of support on campus that are willing to help you through it.