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Financial Aid 101

Very few families can afford to pay for college without help. That’s why there’s FINANCIAL AID—money provided to students to help their families pay for their college education. Think of it like a treasure hunt, with a college degree as the reward!

Scholarship: Money given to a student for good grades, sports or having a special talent. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY THIS MONEY BACK.

Loan: Money that a student or parent borrows for college. The student MUST PAY THIS MONEY BACK when they are finished with college.

Grant: Money given by the government for students who are not able to pay for college. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY THIS MONEY BACK.

Financial Aid Office: Every college or university has a financial aid office that can help you answer questions on getting money for college!

Paying for College

Funded by the City of San Antonio
Managed by the San Antonio Education Partnership