I teamed up with the Department of Education to provide high school students and parents in the First Congressional District of Virginia information on financial aid options for higher education. The video includes information on state and federal student aid and presentations which cover topics such as scholarship searches, the state and federal financial aid step-by-step process, and types of financial aid available whether attending a vocational school, a community college, or a four-year college.
Guides students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid. Prepared for Members of Congress by the Congressional Research Service, updated January 2010.
Free information is readily available from:
High school counselors
College and career school financial aid offices (where you plan to attend)
Local and college libraries Student Aid on the Web (U.S. Department of Education)
Other Internet sites (search terms student financial aid OR assistance)
Ask questions: counselors may know if you have exceptional circumstances that affect your eligibility.
Keep copies of all forms and correspondence: you must reapply for aid each year.
Federal assistance programs seek to encourage people to work in geographic areas or professions where there’s a particular need (such as doctors in underserved areas); encourage underrepresented groups to enter a particular profession; and provide aid in exchange for services provided (such as military service).
AmeriCorps Education Award
Volunteers who complete one year of service receive an education award for current higher education expenses or to repay student loans.