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Paying for College: How the Federal Higher Education Act Helps Students and Families Pay for a Postsecondary Education

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Paying for College: How the Federal Higher Education Act Helps Students and Families Pay for a Postsecondary Education

October 15, 2013

For more than 55 years, the federal government has helped low- and middle-income students and their families finance a college education. This assistance has allowed millions of individuals to pursue their educational dreams, and has made America’s colleges and universities the most open and accessible in the world.

By far the largest and most important federal student aid programs are found in Title IV of the Higher Education Act. This report summarizes the major programs that are available, explaining how students and their families apply for and receive Title IV student aid and outlining what institutions must do to participate in the federal programs.​​​

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