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Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ). Many programs administered by the Financial Aid Office have limited funds. Students who apply early have a much better chance of obtaining all the assistance for which they might be eligible.

You may also visit the Office of Financial Aid in the Student Success Center to receive assistance applying for your FAFSA.

Financial Aid Facts

There are two basic types of financial aid: gift aid and self-help aid.

Gift Aid

Is assistance you receive that does not have to be repaid such as scholarships and grants.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid and Veterans' Affairs is responsible for administering traditional federal and state financial aid programs including grants, loans, and work-study.

We can help you navigate the financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at beginning October 1. Richland's federal code is 010879.