Many students worry that tuition and the other costs of continuing their education will be out of reach. But don’t let the price tag stop you. It’s only part of the picture. Keep in mind the major benefits of investing in your education.

Most students receive some kind of financial aid to help pay for the cost of their education. A few students even get a “free ride,” where all their costs are paid for.

With your determination and assistance from financial aid, you can make the education you dream about a reality. Use this section of the site to learn how.

The U.S. Department of Education should be your first source to access financial aid. They award about $150 billion a year in grants, work-study assistance and low-interest loans.

Aid also comes from scholarships from state governments, schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, religious groups and professional organizations.

So, there’s money out there. You can find it.

In your senior year, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA).

To help you prepare, read more about the FAFSA.

You can also get information from your school counselor. Most colleges also have a financial aid office you can contact for info.

There are five basic costs associated with going to college. Financial aid may be used for:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel