Paying for College



So, you want to return to college but are unsure of how you'll pay for it? Understandable. Many people have similar concerns. Luckily, there are many options for funding your education including scholarships, grants, loans, tuition reimbursement from your employer, and more.

All of these forms of financial aid will require that you complete an application. Before you can do that however, you'll need to complete and file your taxes to be eligible to receive financial aid. You'll also need some of the information from your tax return to complete your FAFSA application.

So, first and foremost, be sure to file your tax return by April 15th.

When applying for financial aid, it's best to start the process early.

1.    Understand the deadlines for FAFSA and other applications. 
Learn more about deadlines
2.    Complete and submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid). 
3.    Contact the college or university you plan to attend to learn all about the scholarships, grants, and financial assistance opportunities that are available to you.
4.    Search for scholarships and grants. These are types of financial assistance that do not need to be repaid. 
Learn more about scholarships and grants
5.    Inquire if tuition assistance is available from your employer. 
Get tips on talking to your employer
6.    Consider using current income to reduce the costs of higher education.
7.    Consult with family to see if they can provide assistance.
8.    Consider private students loans either through a bank or private lender. If you are considering private student loans, we encourage you to attend one of our financial aid workshops. 
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