Federal Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid is here to provide assistance in applying for loans, grants, and scholarships. Financial aid is not just about money; it's about enabling students to pursue their educational goals. It's intended to help students who, because of limited resources, would otherwise be unable to attend college or who, with the aid, are able to take additional courses and graduate at an earlier date. The philosophy underlying the administration of federally funded financial aid is to support and encourage students in their academic journey.

Students considering applying for financial aid are urged to contact the Office of Financial Aid, as eligibility for financial aid programs is very individualized. Most financial aid available to students is provided by the federal government and is called federal student aid. This includes the Federal Pell Grant program and the William D. Ford Direct Loan (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS) program.

Although the primary responsibility for meeting the costs of education rests with the individual student and their families, the federal student aid program is available to eligible students and is awarded based on financial need, regardless of sex, age, race, religion, creed, or national origin.