How to Get Financial Aid

How to Get Financial Aid

         Thinking of the cost of continuing your education alone can be overwhelming but there is relief. With little time and effort, you may qualify for financial aid programs that can take a lot of burden off of your shoulders and allow you to really focus on what’s important: your education.

         The first and most helpful step to applying for financial aid is to apply for federal student aid. You can apply for federal student aid with FAFSA (or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can also do this easily online at: Three days to three weeks after you submit your application, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Make sure to check all of your information is correct. If you need to resubmit your FAFSA, a LA ORT financial aid officer can help you review it.
         The deadline for submitting FAFSA to be awarded during the 2015-16 school year is June 30, 2016. You must apply for federal aid through FAFSA every year, for each year you are looking to receive financial aid.
         Applying for federal student aid is a very fast and easy way to get access to largest source for financial aid including the following financial aid programs that LA ORT participates in:

• Federal Pell Grants
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
• Federal Work-Study (FWS)
• Federal Direct Loan (FDL), comprised of:
o Federal Stafford Loans
o Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
o Federal Parental Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

         Federal Work-Study funds are generally for those students who are seeking work on campus and have demonstrated financial need. Interested students may apply for open Federal Work-Study positions by submitting a completed Application and resume to LA ORT’s Career Services Department.
         LA ORT also participates in other private, local, and statewide programs including Cal Grant C, Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Phillips Educational Loan, LA ORT Educational Loan and LA ORT’s own scholarship.
         Remember, education is an investment in your future. Regardless of how many grants or loans you qualify for, the money that you invest in your career and professional development will payoff in your future. In addition to increased earnings, you will enjoy the respect and job security that will come with having skills that are in demand in the employment market.
         For more information on available financial aid programs and help with your applications and eligibility, meet with an LA ORT Financial Aid Officer. We’re here to make this process easier for you.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.