The U.S. Department of Education provides a variety of financial assistance programs to help you and your family pay for college. To be eligible for Federal Student Aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Final eligibility is determined by institutions prior to the student receiving their payment. Federal Student Aid may be received through grants, loans and work-study. These programs are summarized here.

If you need more information about any of these programs, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or visit




  • Federal Work-Study ProgramFWS is a campus-based employment program, which allows students with financial need to work part time and earn money to help pay for educational expenses, such as tuition, fees, transportation, room and board.



  • Federal Perkins Loan ProgramThe federal Perkins loan program is a campus-base loan program that provides student loans at a fixed 5 percent interest rate.
  • Federal Direct Loan Program The federal direct loan program provides student loans to eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Federal Direct loans include the following: