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National Application Center :: pay for college

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Types of Aid

Financial Aid Checklist

Print this checklist for each college to which you are applying. College websites, viewbooks, and admission and financial aid staff can help you fill in the blanks!

College name____________________

What types of financial aid are offered through the college?

  • Grants?
    • Institutional aid?
    • Are there academic achievement minimums for continuance of awards?
    • Available each year?
  • Merit Awards?
    • With demonstrated need?
    • Without demonstrated need?
    • Available each year?
  • Scholarships?
    • For special talents? If yes, which talents?
    • For geographical location? If yes, which?
    • What is the typical earnings expectation for College Work Study (CWS) students?
    • How many hours per week, on average?
    • What types of jobs are available?
  • Loans?
    • What types of loans are recommended?
    • Do you participate in Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP)?
    • Do you participate in Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)?
    • Are college-sponsored loans available?
    • What is the ratio of loans to grants in an aid award? Does it change over the years of enrollment?
    • What is the typical debt level for graduating students?