What should I do if I filed the FAFSA, but got no aid?

Some students will file the FAFSA, but won’t qualify for need-based student aid such as:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships that require financial need
  • Subsidized federal student loans

For example, more than half of undergraduate students who file the FAFSA don’t qualify for a Federal Pell Grant or other federal grants.

But you do have options if you didn’t receive any need-based aid.

Federal student loans that don’t require demonstrated financial need:

Here are some other ways to help pay for school:

  • Search for scholarships using a free scholarship matching service, such as StudentScholarshipSearch.com
  • Sign up for free monthly scholarship drawings at ScholarshipPoints.com
  • Ask your college’s financial aid office about institutional and state student aid opportunities
  • Save money on your taxes by using education tax benefits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, and the Student Loan Interest Deduction
  • Find a part-time job
  • Consider private student loans