Financial Aid


    What is financial aid?


    Financial aid consists of funds provided to students and their families to help pay for postsecondary education.


    Financial aid helps to bridge the gap between Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)


    Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution = Financial Aid


    Where does financial aid come from?

    1. Federal Government

    2. State Government

    3. Colleges/Universities

    4. Private Sources


    Types of financial aid?

    1. Work Study – students work on/off campus to earn money to help pay for college

    2. Grants – based on individual financial need and does not have to be paid back

    3. Loans – borrowed money that has to be paid back with interest

    4. Scholarships – form of gift aid that does not have to be paid back  


    FACT: 70% of college students have college debt


    "Paying for College - Financial Aid Night"

    On September 26th, 2019 the School Counseling Department will host a presentation discussing the basics of financial aid. The Director of Financial Aid, Jack Zeeger, and the High School Outreach Coordinator, Cathy Hall, from Northern Virginia Community college cover different types of funding available to assist parents/students in paying for a post-secondary education.
    If you missed the presentation please view the presentation and handout links below:

    Paying for College - Financial Aid Night Presentation (2018)

    Where and when do I apply for financial aid?
    1. Go to the FAFSA website
    2. If you plan to attend college:
    • Available as of October 1 2019-2020 FAFSA, uses 2017 Tax Returns
    • Check with colleges for any priority filing deadlines EARLY (Many in Dec, Jan, Feb)