Money is a major reason why many students opt out of a college education.
With the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks reaching several thousand dollars each semester, students who have little savings or a low-income job can have a difficult time paying for college.
“I feel that colleges ask for too much money, which makes it hard for us kids to pay for,” says recent high school graduate Jordan Carlson.
Student loans are an easy way of obtaining quick money to cover tuition and other expenses, but have left thousands of students with debt that takes years, or even decades, to pay off. What many new college students don’t realize is financial aid can come in many different forms, some of which are free at Salt Lake Community College.
Fill out the FAFSA
Students should consider filling out the Free Application for Student Aid, aka FAFSA. This form helps students determine if they can get any financial help from the federal government, including Pell grants. Some funding is limited so students should apply as soon as possible to find out how much aid they are eligible for.
SLCC offers free FAFSA workshops to students who need help.
Take advantage of SLCC Promise
SLCC came up with the SLCC Promise last year. This program helps students pay for any leftover tuition that Pell grants do not cover. Any full-time SLCC student interested in this opportunity must meet certain requirements to receive help.
Apply for scholarships and grants
A scholarship or grant is a form of aid that does not need to be repaid. These awards may have certain requirements that need to be met, including academic merit or financial need. Because these types of funds often get a large number of applicants, students can increase their chances by applying for multiple awards.
Work for your school
SLCC students can also get a part-time job on campus through the Federal Work-Study Program, which allows students to earn money to pay for college. Students who qualify for this type of assistance can earn as much as $5,000.