More than $183.8 billion in financial aid was available to
undergraduate students in 2018-2019.

Financial aid comes from many sources:

  • Federal government grants, loans and other aid: 67%
  • College grants/ scholarships: 22%
  • Private and employer grants/scholarships: 6%
  • State government grants/scholarships: 5%


To apply for federal financial aid, you have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Find out how to complete the form.
Many students use financial aid to cover college costs. Find out what financial aid is, where it comes from and how you can apply.

Financial Aid Checklist
This checklist guides you step-by-step and year by year through the financial aid process. Learn what you should be doing now to get help paying for college.

The U.S. federal government has a GI Bill to help veterans pay for college. Learn what to do to qualify for this and other education benefits.
Most students receive some form of financial aid to help them pay for college. Learn about financial aid and how it can work for you.
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