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Resources to Help Pay for College

We recognize that the cost of higher education is an important factor while making your college decision. However, don’t let “sticker shock” (looking at the price without factoring in financial aid) keep you from considering a school. There are several different resources to help pay for college.

As has been established, FAFSA is one of the most popular ways that students save on college fees. Check out “Everything You Need to Know About the FAFSA.” DID YOU KNOW? 100% of IWU students who file for the FAFSA receive some form of financial aid!

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There are also grants such as Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, and National SMART Grants that are very effective if you can acquire them. The grant amount depends on your financial needs, cost of tuition, and whether you attend college full or part-time. And remember, a college rep can always help you understand more about grants.

View Grants Available to Many IWU Students


Scholarships can be awarded for academic or other achievements, and do not need to be repaid. Civic organizations and religious institutions frequently award local scholarships, so it’s a good idea to look into them, as well as AmeriCorps, Peace Corp, National Health Service Corps, and ROTC programs, which often offer college expense aid in exchange for community services.

View Scholarships Available to IWU Students


Another resource to help pay for college are loans. However, loans must be repaid, and interest accumulates. Most student loans require a FAFSA application, but there are many private, alternative loan programs available which do not require it.

View Loans Available to IWU Students


Never hesitate to ask your guidance counselor or college rep about ways to help pay for school. It’s their job, and they know things that you might not. Visit the IWU Financial Aid page to learn more!

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