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College and Higher Education

Find out where to get answers to common questions about colleges and universities.

may help you control your college costs. If you are interested in more than one school, learning may help you narrow your list of choices.

Different Ways to Pay for College

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThere are many ways to help pay for your college education:

  • Federal student aid - The federal government offers financial aid programs, many of which do not require repayment. To apply, .
  • State student aid - Even if you're not eligible for federal aid, you can still apply for financial aid from your state. Contact your for more information on eligibility and deadlines.
  • Your college or career school - Many institutions offer financial aid from their own funds. They may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid. To find out what might be available to you, contact your school’s financial aid office.
  • Organizations, nonprofits, or private companies - You may qualify for . Some may accept your FAFSA information, but most have their own applications. This form of aid may be available for students who do not qualify for federal aid.
  • Other Resources from the Federal Government - Besides aid from the U.S. Department of Education, .
  • Veterans and Military Service Member Benefits - Find many .
  • Student Loans - Learn about federal and private student loans.
  • Savings Plans - Many state governments have created 529 plans with tax advantages that make it easier for families to save for their child’s education.

Visit to learn about the plans available in each state.

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  • Schools or Nonprofit Organizations: If you live in the U.S., every state, county, and city has its own education programs and resources for learning English. If you have children, talk to their school staff,  or contact a to find local programs.
  • Libraries: In some communities, libraries offer English classes and materials to study. Find a .
  • If you are concerned that you might have been scammed or overcharged by an ESL program, contact the to file a complaint.

    or your local school board are your best resources for telling you about nearby programs and answering questions about state educational rights laws for people with disabilities.

  • An is a plan developed by a child’s educators and parents to meet that child’s specific educational needs. It’s a foundational part of the , which guarantees a free, appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities.

  • College-bound students with intellectual disabilities may be eligible for financial aid programs including Pell Grants and Federal Work-Study programs. The has specific information on loans, grants, and scholarships, and how to apply.

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtContact the school you want to attend for additional information on special programs for people with disabilities.

  • (OIG) investigates fraud, waste, and abuse of federal educational funds, including federal student aid.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtYou may contact the OIG by:

    • Calling 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733). Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 AM to 11 AM ET, and Tuesday and Thursday 1 PM to 3 PM. ET, except federal holidays.
    • Downloading the . After completing it, mail or fax it to:

           Inspector General's Hotline
           Office of Inspector General
           U.S. Department of Education
           400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
           Washington, D.C. 20202-1500
    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt       Fax: (202) 245-7047

    Financial Aid Complaints

    If you have done everything you can to resolve a student loan issue, use the contact form from the to help you resolve student loan complaints. They will work with you and the lender after you have tried other avenues to resolve your issue.

    Special Education or Civil Rights Complaints

    The Department of Education's enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Contact their office at 1-800-421-3481

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt . If you’re a , you may be eligible too.

    • and other education programs.
    • Compare schools with the .

    Forever GI Bill

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe makes big changes to many veterans education benefits. Most changes expand or improve upon existing benefits. Highlights include:

    • to people who lost them because their school closed
    • Eliminating the 15-year time limit for those who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013

    Many other changes are in effect or coming. See a detailed list of .

    Military Tuition Assistance

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you're in the military now, your unit may pay for your tuition if you attend college in your off-duty time.

    • Learn about the .
    • and help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

    Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

    Frequent military transfers can make it hard to get your degree. But can help. These civilian colleges and universities:

    • Make transferring credits easy
    • Reduce the number of credits you must earn at their school to get a degree
    • Give classes on or near military installations in the U.S., overseas, and on military ships
    • Offer distance learning programs
    • Offer degrees that match your military job
    • Are open to service members and their families

    Military Spouse Tuition Assistance

    If you’re a military spouse, you can find help paying for college or vocational training too. There are many scholarships, grants, and interest-free loans. Find sources of .

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    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLast Updated: December 8, 2020