How do you fill your financial aid gap? | 08.30.11

Posted in Financial Aid, Student Loans By Student Loan Network Staff

Fill the Gap Infographic: How Students Pay for College

If you’re like most students, federal aid may not cover your whole Cost of Attendance. Between tuition, books, housing, and all of the other expenses you face in college, federal financial aid can only stretch so far. To help fill the gap, students turn to a variety of sources to help them get to that diploma.

Some of the most common ways students pay for school include private loans, part-time jobs, and parental help, just to name a few. To learn more tips and tricks to help pay for school, check out the Fill the Gap infographic.

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Now it’s your turn. We want to know how you pay for school. Did you get a private loan? Maybe saved up money since middle school?

Leave a comment and let us know how you pay for school!

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11 Responses to “How do you fill your financial aid gap?”

  1. Brianna says on September 1, 2011 at 6:39 am:

    I fill in the gap by applying for local scholarships through organizations in my community

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  2. Ashley says on August 31, 2011 at 10:44 pm:

    I work part time. I my job offers reimbursement which helps me pay for the upcoming semester

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  3. Aria says on August 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm:

    I’m actually pretty lucky, in that my parents pay for my school. As long as I get good grades and pay for extra expenses, they’re willing to do it. But I feel really bad about it, so I’m trying to apply to as many scholarships as I can.

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  4. Cara says on August 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm:

    omg, i had no clue!

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  5. Kayela says on August 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm:

    I go to College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, and I don’t have to pay for college at all. Students work 15 hours a week and two 40 hour work weeks to pay for the cost of tuition. And those who are lucky enough to receive the Summer Work Program Scholarship, like myself, are allowed to work either 6 or 12 weeks to pay for room and board. Working 6 weeks during the summer pays for one semester.

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  6. Janelle says on August 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm:

    I am so glad that we receive such great information by simply doing these activities:-)

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  7. Joyce Madriz says on August 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm:

    Oh how I wish FAFSA would cover all college expenses!
    Unfortunately, life is tough and reaching for the stars is tougher.
    I am one of those students who didn’t get lucky and have to pay half of my tuition plus all other expenses including housing and books and quite frankly, everything else.
    Yes, even 3.91 gpa students have to beg their parents to help pay for college. :-/

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  8. danielle says on August 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm:

    i dont recommend private loans

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  9. M P M says on August 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm:

    Right now I get a scholarship that pays 2/3 of my tuition; my parents pay the rest. I buy my books.

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