The Student's Guide to Financial Aid
Get the most out of your financial aid application by knowing more about how the process works.
- What is financial aid?
- I probably don't' qualify. Should I apply?
- How do I apply?
- What about scholarships and other funds?
- How and when will I receive the funds?
- What can impact my aid?
- I have questions about financial aid. Who can help?
- Money to help you pay for college expenses.
- A supplement to your and your family’s financial
Yes, apply. Many students mistakenly think they don't qualify for financial aid and prevent themselves from receiving aid by failing to apply. There are also funds available regardless of financial need. Type of aid include:
- Grants - based on financial need.
- Scholarships - usually for a special talent, skill or achievement
- Work Study - earnings from a part-time work study job on campus.
- Loans - borrowed money that has to be repaid over time. Unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans are available regardless of need. Unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans are available regardless of need.
Complete the FAFSA. Every college in the United States requires financial aid applicants to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can apply anytime after January 1. And, it's to your advantage to apply as early as possible.
More than 9,000 students were awarded nearly $23 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College in 2015-2016. Apply online for a Harper scholarship.
Federal loans require additional steps. Remember, borrow only what you need.
Financial aid is disbursed approximately two to three weeks after the start of the term. If you expect financial aid to cover your entire balance, payment arrangements are due at the time of registration.
Your aid can change if you
- withdraw from classes.
- don't meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards at the end of each semester.
- receive a private scholarship or third party funding.
- experience unusual financial circumstances.
Staff in the One Stop will assist with questions or issues you have regarding financial aid, registration, student records, or payment.
Building A, Room A250