Financial Planning for Higher Education: Grants, Scholarships, and Loans
Whether you have current higher education expenses or you are planning for the future of young children, the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website can assist you with planning and managing higher education expenses.

One essential tool created by the Federal Government for all financial aid processing, is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA, is a form that all students are required to complete in order to apply for various types of financial aid, from federal, state and local municipal governments as well as from private grants, scholarships, and loans. The FAFSA allows the financial aid advisors at the anticipated educational institution to assist you in gaining the most for your educational dollars.

Before you accept funding offers, please keep in mind that all funding sources require that specific grade point averages be maintained to sustain eligibility for continued funding. Grants and scholarships, do not require funds to be paid back by the student, but may require some time commitments like work-study programs on campus or after graduation. Scholarships are always available and are the least utilized source of educational funding by students. When looking for scholarships, start early, check with your school counselors, and utilize the library and the internet.

Don't forget to search GovBenefits.gov and GovLoans.gov for additional educational financial opportunities and guidance. To review some of the scholarships that are available on GovBenefits.gov, please visit:

Harry S Truman Scholarship Program
The Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who wish to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the Federal government. For more information, visit the Harry S Truman Scholarship Program.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.

The programs makes funds available to schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, public health, chiropractic, allied health, graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice, or programs providing training of physician assistants. For more information, visit the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program.