What is federal student aid?
Federal student aid is financial help made available to eligible students to pay for educational expenses at an eligible postsecondary school (e.g. college, vocational school, graduate school).
The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid programs are the largest source of student aid in America. If you’re interested in financial aid for college these programs provide more than $60 billion a year in grants (Pell Grants), loans (Stafford, PLUS), and work-study assistance (Federal Work Study).
If you have questions regarding the financial aid process please call 1-800-4-FED-AID to speak to a Customer Service Representative. Local assistance is available at the Financial Aid Offices of Binghamton University and Broome Community College.
Remember to check with each college to which you applied to see if there are any other institutional financial aid forms that are necessary.
The FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) form is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The online application will be processed much more quickly than the paper copy and is recommended. This form is free. If you are seeking any aid at all, it is very important to complete this form.
For 2016-17, the FAFSA becomes available on October 1, 2016.
*The pre-application worksheet and other useful information can also be downloaded at www.fafsa.ed.gov.