What if I need assistance in addition to my eligible need- and merit-based financial aid?
Non-need-based aid is provided to students when the financial
aid formulas indicate the student or family should be able to afford an education
using their own funds. Such aid often comes in the form of unsubsidized loans,
which means the federal government does not pay the interest for you. Students
with financial need may also rely on this kind of aid. Most federal and state
aid still requires a determination of financial need (using the FAFSA) before
approving non-need-based aid.
Don't forget about other opportunities
for funding that don't require a determination of your financial need. These
could include scholarships opportunities and work-study programs.