TrailGuide: Life After High School

Question #4 How do you find the money to pay for college?

Check for Federal Grants

Federal Aid covers school expenses -- including tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation.

Federal Aid is based on a student's demonstrated financial need rather than on grades.

There are three categories of Grants:
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study
  • This is financial aid you do not have to repay. Generally you must be an undergraduate student, and the amount you receive usually depends on your need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status (full time or part time).

    Grant Amounts

    For 2003-04, Federal Pell Grants ranged from $400 to $4050. Amounts for each year depend on program funding.

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) amounts range from $100 to $4000.

    Federal Work Study

  • Money is earned while you attend school
  • Does not have to be repaid
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Jobs can be on campus or off campus
  • Students are paid at least minimum wage







  • FAFSA
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    How To
    Federal Grants
    Pell Grant
    FSEOG
    Work Study
    Loan Programs
    Scholarships
    Local
    Native
    National
    Other
    Private
    Military
    Applying to Academies
    Academies
    Resources
    Savings/Mutual Funds



    Scholarships & Grants
    Navigating the FAFSA
    Career/Job Links

       Forms:
    Budget Worksheet
    Personal Academic Survey
    Junior Questionnaire
    Senior Questionnaire
    Overview Checklist
    Investigate Careers
    Personal Form (for letters)
    FAFSA Checklist

       Sample Letters:
    Letters to Colleges
    Request Recommendation Letters

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