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Get the most out of your financial aid

Dealing with the costs of education can be challenging, but we’re here to help.


Maximizing your financial aid can help you cover college-related costs. That means taking advantage of all your options, like scholarships, grants, work-study programs, on-or-off-campus jobs and even student loans.

We recommend taking the FREE, CHEAP and GAP approach to paying for college. 

FREE money includes scholarships, grants, gifts and savings. This is money you don’t have to pay back.

CHEAP money refers to a Federal Student Loan. While this is borrowed money that you must pay back, Federal Student Loans typically carry a lower interest rate than private loans.

GAP money is meant to fill in if the FREE and CHEAP money falls short. Securing a Private Student Loan or using a credit card would fall into this category.

For more information about financial aid and paying for college, visit Wright State University’s RaiderConnect office or contact WPCU.

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