February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and an important time to remind families that despite the rising cost of tuition and fees, financial aid can help make college possible, especially for families with the most financial need.
Southwest Texas Junior College encourages anyone who is interested in attending college to begin the process now by looking into funds available through the Department of Education and other resources.
Every year the Department of Education provides over $150 billion in Federal Student Aid in the form of grants, work-study and loans. This aid assists students to pay for expenses such as tuition & fees, room & board, books and supplies as well as transportation. Other items the aid can help students fund are computers for school use and dependent care while the student attends school.
In order to qualify, a person must: demonstrate financial need; be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen; have a valid Social Security number; register for Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25; show you have a high school diploma or GED or completed a high school education in a home-school setting approved under state law; and maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or a career school. The StudentAid.gov
website is a good source to find out more about eligibility for financial aid and answer questions you may have about financial aid.
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