I believe that education is the backbone of America. The student loan program allows students and parents to borrow the money necessary to make higher education a reality for so many students in our communities.
Financial Aid for Students
Free information is readily available from:
High school counselors
College and career school financial aid offices (where you plan to attend)
Local and college libraries
U.S. Department of Education Web page
Other Internet sites (search terms student financial aid OR assistance)
Ask questions: counselors may know if you have exceptional circumstances that affect your eligibility.
Be organized: use calendars to keep on track.
Keep copies of all forms and correspondence: you must reapply for aid each year.
Parents of students: save money long before your child attends college.
FinAid: for Parents
Tax incentives for higher education expenses
The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Mapping Your Future
U.S. Department of Education
Missouri Department of Higher Education