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Financial Aid

College is expensive. Many students use financial aid in the form of loans to help cover the cost of tuition and books. These articles will explain the ins and outs of college financial aid.

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How Direct Loans Work

Paying for college can be stressful for many students. Even getting loans can be hard, since you'll have to pay them back with interest. Direct loans, however, are low-interest loans funded by the U.S. government.

How Perkins Loans Work

As the first federal student loan, Perkins Loans help those with financial need afford college. How does this loan compare with others, and how did the Russian space program prompt its creation?

How Public Grants Work

Federal and local governments offer a number of grants to help college students pay for their education. Are public grants easier to get than private grants? What do you need to do to qualify and apply?

How Business School Financial Aid Works

As confidence in the economy wavers, many people are looking for a way to become more marketable to employers. Business school degree is a logical step, but an MBA can come with a steep price tag. What financial aid opportunities are available for business graduate students?

How Dental School Financial Aid Works

Dental school isn't cheap. On top of tuition, books and other educational expenses, many students must pay for their own instruments. How do dental school students find financial aid to help them out?

How Law School Financial Aid Works

Incomes in the six figures help most lawyers chuckle through bad law jokes no problem. But actually paying for law school is no laughing matter. If you're determined to become a lawyer, how do you do it?

How Financial Aid for AmeriCorps Works

Members of AmeriCorps, a federally funded service program, have a chance to use financial aid toward higher education. How can you use the award once you've finished your term?

How do SAT scores affect financial aid?

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.

How Financial Aid for Single Mothers Works

For single parents, going back to school can seem practically impossible. What types of "free" scholarships and grants exist for single parents, and how can you find them?

How Financial Aid for National and Community Service Works

Giving back your time through community or public service work might do more than benefit your neighborhood -- you could earn financial benefits. What opportunities are available for people in your stage of life?

How Financial Aid for Study Abroad Works

Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a person's life -- too bad it costs a fortune. How can scholarships and grants help you explore other countries, cultures and people all while studying for college credit?

How Financial Aid for Veterans Works

The United States government has several programs in place to assist veterans seeking higher education. All these ex-soldiers have to do is apply and meet certain criteria.

How FAFSA Follow-up Works

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.

What's the Difference Between Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans?

Getting that college acceptance letter in the mail is exciting, but nothing can bring you down faster than navigating the student loan labyrinth. Knowing the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans is only the first step.

How the FAFSA Works

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.

How Financial Aid for Trade School Works

Scholarships and grants aren't just for college students. If you need aid for trade school education, there are plenty of places to apply for financial assistance.

How Student Loans Work

While student loans may be your only way to pay for college, paying them back might be harder than you think. We'll break down navigating the rough road of federal and private student loans, and how to survive them after you graduate.

How Vocational Financial Aid Works

Education doesn't come for free, but it's well worth the cost, particularly if you're able to finance some or part of it through grants and scholarships. How can you get help to pay for vocational school?

How Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities Works

College students have a lot to think about when paying for school. But students with disabilities have a lot of extra things to consider that add up in the long run. What kinds of special financial opportunities are available?

How Financial Aid Appeal Letters Work

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?

How Financial Aid for Part-Time Students Works

A four-year degree can help boost your career and your salary, but everyone can't go full-time. How can you pay for your college education if you're only going part-time?

How Qualifying For Financial Aid Works

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?

Is financial aid taxable?

You might be happy about that scholarship or fellowship you just got, but don't jump for joy just yet -- you may have to pay a portion of that money back to the government. Do you owe Uncle Sam part of your financial aid package? Find out here.

How Financial Aid Application Deadlines Work

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.

How Financial Aid History Works

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?

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