Financial Aid Information

FAFSA 2019-2020Financial-Aid

Helpful FAFSA and Financial Aid presentations:

2019-2020 FAFSA and Financial Aid Presentation Northern Virginia Community College

Financial Aid 101 NACAC

Federal Student Aid YouTube page (Many valuable How-To videos!)

Step by Step Financial Aid Guide for International Students 

Changes coming to the FAFSA for the 2023-2024 SY

Best Value Colleges for 2021


CSS Profile: Apply for institutional aid at over 400 colleges & Universities (not every school uses this).

General CSS Profile Link                                                           List of Participating Schools

CSS Profile Student Guide

CSS Profile Audio Presentation


Are you an underclassman or parent of an underclassman looking to get a head start on college financial planning? Use the FAFSA4caster to estimate your eligibility for federal student aid.

College Scorecard  is another helpful website. Not sure how to use the website: College-Scorecard-Guide

College ROI Report

Schools that meet full-need

It is a good idea to check out a net price calculator tool as well. You can search through the link but you can also find it on the college/university website.



Click here to begin filling out the FAFSA

Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2020-2021         Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2017-2018 (Spanish)

Financial Aid and Undocumented Students             Financial Aid and Undocumented Students (Spanish)

Tips for Undocumented Students

Different Types of Aid Available When you Fill Out the FAFSA:

Federal Student Grant Programs                                             Federal Student Grant Programs (Spanish)

Federal Student Loan Programs                                               Federal Student Loan Programs (Spanish)

Work Study:

Types of Federal Student Aid Video

Click here for a full page of resources dedicated to helping fill out the FAFSA


Award Letters

Interested in comparing award letters? These tools can help:

This guide offers the basics on financial aid award letters and a glossary of common terms:

These tools provide students an online worksheet to assist with understanding costs, types of aid, and net price:


Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program that is administered by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and 16 member states. The arrangement allows students to pay in-state tuition rates at out-of-state public institutions while studying in select programs not available in their home state. The following states are partners – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. States and institutions have the discretion to remove or restrict its participation and access to degree programs at any time.  For more information visit:




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