The question of how to pay for college is a dilemma faced by the vast majority of students today; few and far between are the students who have a fully funded college account that will cover four years of school. But there is hope. We’ve put together valuable information about financial aid that will help you reach your educational goals.

Being awarded a grant is akin to winning the lottery: It’s free money that doesn’t need to be paid back. In addition, grants are golden because there’s often no stipulation saying how it must be used. Meaning, you can use grant funds for books, course fees, or even expenses like gas and housing. Grants occasionally do have strings attached, however; some are given to students pursuing a specific major (teaching, for example), and if you don’t fulfill the terms of the grant, you may have to pay back the funds. Alternately, grants awarded for research projects, for example, may require an accounting of your actions or progress. To r