Financial Aid at Durham Tech

27 Aug

If you could use a little financial help to get to graduation, don’t overlook the resources available at Durham Tech. The college’s financial aid page gives a great overview of how to get started. But the secret to all of this–and the easiest way to get started–is to simply fill out a FAFSA form. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s done electronically, and is an easy, straightforward application.  That FAFSA application goes to Federal Student Aid, which is part of the Department of Education. They state that they provide “$150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.”

You’ll need a few documents handy, such as your last federal tax return. Although the deadlines have passed for Fall and Spring registration, it still makes sense to get your name in front of the Financial Aid office.

In addition to grants and loans available from Federal Student Aid, there are local scholarships available to qualifying Durham Tech students. You can check them out here. An even larger list of grants and scholarships–money that you don’t have to pay back–can be found at the College Foundation of North Carolina. But remember that the first step is completing your FAFSA.

Filling out the FAFSA is absolutely free. If a web site asks you to pay some money first before you can fill out the form, then you’re not on the official site: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

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