The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.gov. This application determines your eligibility for state and federal financial aid - including grants and the federal direct student loan program. You can find details on how to apply here.
Scholarships are an excellent resource. Some great places to search for local scholarships include your high school guidance counselor, parent's employer, social and professional organizations, and businesses within your student's intended area of study. Non-resident students should investigate grants and scholarships offered through their state of residency. (Department of Education State Resource List)
In addition to financial aid, many students opt to work while in school. Studies show that students who work a moderate number of hours per week (15 or fewer) tend to have a higher GPA, graduate at a faster rate, and are less likely to drop out than students who do not work. Some possible reasons include the requirement for working students to manage their time better and develop organizational skills. Employment provides financial resources, increases soft-skills, and other important resume-building characteristics that translate into classroom success.
There are two types of employment available on campus. Work-Study is a financial aid program based on a student's financial need. If your student is eligible, funding will be offered to them as a part of their financial aid package. If your student does not receive a work-study offer, they may apply for campus employment by going to studentemployment.appstate.edu.
More questions about different types of aid? Check out our resource page here.
The Office of Student Accounts offers payment plans on a semester-by-semester basis. More information on plans and enrollment tutorials are linked here.