The federal government provides $33 billion in grant aid to post-secondary education students annually. The aid comes in several forms:
Need-based federal aid:
The Department's Federal student aid programs are the largest source of student aid in America. These programs provide more than $80 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance. In order to receive a grant from the federal program, your college must qualify to administer these grants. Check with your school’s financial aid department to be sure your school is a qualified participant.