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Financial Aid

Plan ahead for college or trade school by applying for financial aid, before registering for classes! ALL financial aid is started with a process called FAFSA.
Start with this presentation: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FINANCIAL AID
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for college students. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides more that $150 billion in student aid each year.  
Important Dates and Deadlines
Early FAFSA | Houston Community College - HCC
The  2021-2022 filing date opens on October 1, 2020.
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Priority filing date: MARCH 2, 2020
Completing and submitting the FAFSA® is free, and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. 
Types of Aid:
Student aid generally fall into these four categories


Grants: Free funding based on financial need

  • Cal Grant
  • Pell Grant

Work Study: On campus job included as part of financial aid package


Loans: Money that must be repaid

  • Subsidized
  • Unsubsidized

Scholarships: Free funding based on requirements (often merit).

FinAid – This site links to students to: scholarships, grants, loans, graduate aid, etc. 

Student Aid – This site provides information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.

College Affordability – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct information and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.