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College Preparedness: Financial Aid

This is to help high school students and their families know what to expect in the college transition process.

Financial Aid

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Resources for Financial Aid


Here are some terms and helpful resources to know of when paying for higher education.

  • Financial Aid: Grants, loans, scholarships, and any other means of paying for college
  • Scholarships/Grants: Free money awarded based on financial need or academic merit
  • In/Out of State Tuition: If you live in the same state where you attend university, you will be paying in-state tuition, which tends to be less than paying tuition to a university outside of the state where you live [out-of-state tuition]
  • Fees: Miscellaneous charges that aren't included in tuition, i.e.: Parking pass, meal plan, technology use, and more 
  • Work Study: Working for the education institution in some capacity in exchange for a full or partial tuition coverage


Minority Funding Opportunities

These are just a few financial aid resources. For more information, use Google to search "scholarships" or "financial aid".