It may interest you to know that the US department of education awards about $150 billion study grants to over 14 million students studying in the US. These financial aid covers expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies as well as transportation.
However if you are a student in the US, and government financial aid, this article will assist you do that.
The US financial aid is usually awarded in three forms, viz; grants, loans and work-study.
GRANTS-this is usually given out to qualified students and doesn’t have to be repaired
LOANS- Borrowed money for college or career school and must be repaired with interest.
WORK-STUDY- A program through which a student earn money by working either part time or full time (during vacation) to support his education
WHO SHOULD APPLY
The general eligibility requirements is that you have financial need, are a US citizen or eligible non citizen, be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate programme at your college or career school,
NOTE: Eligible non-US citizens are student that have a green card (in other words, if you are permanent alien). However, you ill get a federal alien). However, you will get a federal student aid if you meet the basic eligibility criteria.
HOW TO APPLY
There are usually two ways of applying for the US federal student aid, viz:
1 online at www. Fafsa.gov
2 paper application .
The online application is usually the fastest and easiest mode of application
For the 2012-2013 year, you can apply between January 1,2012 an June 30, 2013 , however, its important that u apply early as there are a few first-come, first served federal student aid programs.
For more information. About the US federal student aid programme, visit, www.studentaid.ed.gov