Financial Aid

Many students rely on various forms of financial aid to pay for college. Types of financial aid include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study earnings and can be used to help students pay education-related expenses including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies. 

  • Grants - Money from federal and state government or a private organization that does not need to be repaid.
  • Scholarships - Money from a public or private organization that does not need to be repaid. Examples include: child care assistance, military benefits, merit aid for good grades and academic achievement, or scholarships based on race, ethnicity, or a special talent or life circumstance.
  • Loans - Money from federal and state government or private banks that must be repaid with interest after you are no longer enrolled in college.
  • Work-Study - Earnings from an on or off campus job that can be used to pay tuition expenses.

Scholarships and grants may also be available through the college or university to which you are applying. Check with your college's admissions or financial aid office to learn more about any programs they offer and the deadlines for application.

The first step to finding out if you and your family are eligible for need-based financial aid (grants, loans, and work-study) through the federal government is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students interested in pursuing local or national scholarships should log on to their Naviance accounts.

To learn more about the Henry Sibley Dollars for Scholars program click here.