Free Application for Federal Student Aid


When it comes to paying for your education, you have more options than you may think. The government annually provides millions of dollars in financial aid, both grants and loans, to students who qualify. Many schools also provide institutional aid, which is also based on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Check out the free application process at the FAFSA website. If you need help filing your FAFSA, we recommend you visit the Go Center, located in the offices of the Center for Economic Opportunity at 1102 N 3rd, in Abilene. Go Centers are computer stations designed with 1 thing in mind: helping you pay for college! If you would like to reach someone at the Go Center, you can call them at 325-672-8980.

Need-Based Federal Aid

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  • Federal Work Study
  • Perkins Loans

Financing Options

  • Alternative Student Loans
  • Federal PLUS loans (also known as Direct Plus Loans)
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans (also known as Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans)
  • Other parent loans


College scholarships come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and for a variety of reasons. You can earn scholarships for academics, athletics, community service, and even hobbies. Colleges, along with businesses, community organizations, religious organizations, and even the military provide scholarships to students for college.

To find out who is offering scholarships in your area, talk to your school counselor. Check out our Scholarship Information for a good list of tips that will help you earn a scholarship.