The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year. This site discusses key steps in preparing for college and provides resources that can help you along the way. Learn about how financial aid works, resources to pay for college, and loan repayment options.
Students can apply online for federal grants, work-study, and loans for college using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay for education expenses not covered by financial aid.