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:
- 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
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