If you think that your Uncle Waldo gave you a big present when you graduated from high school this year, maybe you better think again. Because Uncle Sam just gave you a present that would be hard to beat. It’s the $116 billion that the Federal government has budgeted this year to help millions of American families and students pay for postsecondary education.
Since investing in education is a big priority in Washington, the government is ready to help you pay for college in a variety of ways. There are loans, grants, work-study programs, and other options.
Even better, the U.S. Department of Education has made it a snap to learn about these programs, through its Student Aid on the Web portal. Visit it, you’ll like it. It’s an easy-to-navigate resource that points you to information on all the government-funded programs.
Another nifty feature at the Department of Education is its online Financial Aid Wizard. In seven easy steps, this interactive resource directs you to sources of financial assistance that are most appropriate for your circumstances.
If you’re a recent grad, we urge you to get online and start clicking for dollars. Judging from all the activity at the Department of Education, you could have picked one of the best years ever to graduate.