How Aid Works

Funding your education isn’t one size fits all. Like most experiences at Holy Cross, it’s specific to your individual needs and circumstances.

Most Common Types of Aid

Learn more about the most common types of aid and the opportunities available to you and your family.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants can be a great way to lower your cost of tuition. 

Student Loan Programs

There are two different federal loan programs available to you, depending on your need.

Work-Study Program

This federally subsidized employment program places students in part-time positions around campus, such as dining services or administrative jobs.

Family Financing

Additional loan programs for families to consider.

Understanding the Terminology

The language of financial aid can be confusing. Get ahead of the game and brush up on terms you’re likely to see throughout your financial aid journey.

Learn the Terms

Do you know your FAFSA from your CSS PROFILE? Your PLUS Loan from your Pell Grant? You're going to run into some financial aid terms over and over again, so this glossary will help you keep all the names, initials, and acronyms straight.

Forms and Links

You’ve done your homework, researched different types of aid and estimated your college costs. Now, access the forms and links you’ll need to begin your application and the financial aid process. 

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Financial Aid Webinar Series

Do you have questions about how to apply for financial aid? We want to help. Join us for our upcoming webinars, where Admission and Financial Aid staff will dive into application requirements, provide quick tips on where to start, and break down your options for financing.