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How to Pay for College?

There are a lot of options when it comes to paying for a post-secondary education, see some of your options here.

College is expensive but the cost of an education shouldn't deter you from pursuing your dreams.  There are many different options available to students to help them pay for college. Resources to explore for financial aid include the institution you will be attending; local, state, or national organizations; banks; personal savings; or the government.  Everyone qualifies for federal loans regardless of family income.  This process starts with the FAFSA application. Remember that your ACCESS Advisor is here to help, if you or your parents have any questions be sure to talk with your school's advisor

Payment Options


  1. Everyone qualifies for the federal loan options through FAFSA, regardless of your family income. Apply to see what else you are eligible for! 

  2. Completing the FAFSA is noncommittal. Once you apply you then have the option of choosing what portion, if not all, you want to accept. It’s better to have it and choose not to use it, than to need it and not have it.

  3. Many institutions will not prepare an award letter/financial aid package without being accepted into the institution and completing the FAFSA.

  4. Some scholarships require your FAFSA information as part of their scholarship application

Important Notes about the FAFSA

Helpful links

Information Required for FAFSA

  • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)

  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student

  • Your driver’s license number if you have one

  • Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen


    Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student:

    • IRS 1040

    • Foreign tax return or IRS 1040NR

    • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau

  • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student

  • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student

How to Create an FSA-ID Account

What is my FSA ID?


The FSA ID ― a username and password ― has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to

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