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While Attending School

Get the facts on financial aid, how to maintain it, and what to do when school's over...

If you are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student and need to find out more about your educational loans, you'll find all the information you need right here.

Financial assistance programs and requirements often vary from school to school. Always check with your school before applying for financial aid.

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New Financial Aid Recipients

Has your financial situation changed since you entered school and you now need financial assistance? No problem. The aid application process is the same for new and current students.

Loan Entrance Counseling

Once you've taken out a loan and entered school, you must go through loan entrance counseling and learn about the terms and conditions of your loans.


Did you know you must reapply each year for federal student aid? Fortunately, it's now easy to annually renew your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) online, without having to deal with the hassle of paperwork.

Maintaining Eligibility

While you are in school, there are certain requirements that you must meet in order to keep your account in good standing and remain eligible for financial aid.

Leaving School Early

Have you decided to take time off for personal reasons? Are you going to drop below half-time student status? If you are planning on leaving school early, regardless of whether or when you are planning to return, you may have to start repaying your loans.

If Your School Closes

If you are enrolled and your school closes, and you can't complete your program because of the closure, find out what options are available to you and how to obtain the information you need to pursue those options.

Inspector General’s Hotline

Do you have concerns that your college, university, or trade school operates in a deceptive or fraudulent manner? If you suspect fraud, waste, or abuse involving federal student aid, e.g. Pell Grants, Direct Loans, etc., or if you believe that school personnel have misrepresented any aspect of the educational program, its cost, or its outcome, you should contact the Inspector General’s Hotline at 1 800-MIS-USED or

Attention College Seniors

The classes may be over, but loan payments are just beginning. Luckily, there's help for those of you about to enter into repayment.

Get Your Loan Information

The National Student Loan Data SystemSM (NSLDSSM) Financial Aid Review service allows you to access information on loan and/or grant amounts, outstanding balances, loan status, and disbursements.

Last updated/reviewed August 18, 2010

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