Understanding How Student Aid Works
Each year, students and their families rely on student aid to help pay for college.
Student aid comes from many sources – the federal government, state governments,
colleges, private organizations, and businesses. Nearly everyone is eligible for
some student aid.
College students received more than $227 billion in aid during the 2010-2011 academic
year. The competition for aid is fierce because more students need help paying for
the often high cost of college. Knowledge is power! Become well informed by reading
StudentAid.com’s aid explanations and strategies. Follow the links to learn more
about each topic.