Applying for Financial Aid

There are several steps in the financial aid application process. This collection of articles will explain everything from applications to checking your loan status.

The late-night study sessions, the absent-minded professors, the lifetime's worth of memories and friends: College truly is an investment -- of time, energy and (you guessed it) money.

Even if both of your parents are employed, you may be eligible for financial aid. Learn whether you can receive financial aid with two working parents.

For most students, applying for financial aid is an important part of preparing for college. What can you do to be sure your application is perfect?

Just when you thought you'd beaten the odds and gained acceptance to the college of your choice, the numbers game begins anew as you start to figure out how to pay for school. Luckily for you, your SAT score might be your ace in the hole.

In addition to completing the FAFSA as early as possible, it's crucial that you follow up on it diligently and expediently. Not doing so can crush your plans for getting the education you're depending on.

Getting into college sure is exciting -- until you start figuring out how to pay for it. Your financial aid journey begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; college students know this fearsome form as the FAFSA.

There are many reasons to have your request for financial aid declined. But you can appeal the school's decision. What can you say in your letter to convince administrators to reconsider your case?

Paying for college is getting more and more expensive, so a helping hand in the form of aid can ease any strain. How do you know if you qualify for financial aid, and which types should you consider?

If you don't fill out a FAFSA -- or if you miss the deadline -- you're throwing away free money. Your school and federal government can help you pay for college, but you've got to do your part by crossing each "t" and dotting each "i" before June 30.

Your financial aid history encapsulates all of the outside aid you've ever received for school, from grade school on up. How can that record affect you, long after you've stopped hitting the books?

With college tuition soaring toward the quarter-million-dollar mark, competition for financial aid is fierce. How much will grades affect your chances obtaining merit-based and need-based aid?

Financial aid can help reduce the expense of college. So how do you determine how much assistance you're eligible for?

There are a lot of costs associated with getting your academic degree, and many people need financial assistance. But how do you determine just how much money you'll need before you're through?

If you apply early decision, you might increase the likelihood that you'll be accepted into your dream college. But will you hurt your chances to receive financial aid?

With the cost of higher education rising, many students find themselves in need of financial aid. Though there are no sure bets, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of winning an award.