Category Archives: Student Info

Loan Payments

How to Make a Payment

Making payments on your student loan with Nelnet is easy! With options to pay anytime, anywhere, you can manage your account your way. We offers a variety of payment options, including automatic debits (ACH), to let you choose a method that’s convenient for you. And, if you wish, we can send you text alerts to confirm or remind you to make your payments! See details below.

+Your Accounts, Loan Groups, and Due Dates

FAFSA Toolkit

FAFSA Toolkit:

Join the club. File the FAFSA

This toolkit is designed to assist you in providing information on completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

With the click of a mouse or a quick “cut and paste,” you can have your own FAFSA campaign, provided by PHEAA.

From print ads to web banners, our tools help schools and community partners increase FAFSA awareness.

How to Download: To download, right-click (control-click on Mac) and select “Save Target As…” from the pop-up menu.

Work- Study

Work-Study Employment

State Work-Study Pays. Earn money & experience.

Pennsylvania has its own State Work-Study Program outside of Federal Work-Study. The program is open to all PA students, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. This is an additional opportunity to earn money for school and experience for the real world.

The State Work-Study Program is a great option for Pennsylvania students:

  • Take advantage of employment opportunities located in Pennsylvania.
  • Choose your own employer.
  • Pick a job in your future career field.
  • Work up to 40 hours per week.
  • Prepare

    Determine if you are an eligible student and find an eligible job.

  • Apply

    Know your deadlines and make sure you use the correct codes when you apply.

  • After You Apply

    Use our checklist to make sure you’re prepared for your 1st day of work.

  • Work-Study Employment FAQ

    Find answers to some common questions about the State Work-Study Program in Pennsylvania.

Did You Know?

The State Work-Study Program is a PHEAA-administered program made possible through funding from the General Assembly and with the cooperation of Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions and employers.


Use our online calculators to see how your financial choices can affect your bottom line.

  • Budget Calculator This link opens in a new window

    Doing a budget for the first time can be confusing. The budget calculator on helps simplify the process.

  • Savings Calculator This link opens in a new window

    Find out how much, and how often, you need to save to meet a specific financial goal.

  • Annuity Calculator This link opens in a new window

    Get an estimate of how your savings will grow over time.

  • Student Loan Repayment Calculator This link opens in a new window

    See how different interest rates and loan terms can affect your monthly payment.

College Calendar

Get organized with College Calendar.

College Calendar is your key to tracking everything you should do to attend college and achieve your educational dreams. From choosing a school to applying for financial aid, the current calendar shows all events for high school seniors. College Calendar is powered by Trumba, an interactive web application.

Funding for School

State Grant Program

If you’re an eligible Pennsylvania resident, apply for a Pennsylvania State Grant to get help with the cost of higher education.


Other Educational Aid

  • Explore the other aid programs available that provide funding for higher education.
  • Work-Study Employment

    Gain career-related, on-the-job work experience while earning money to help pay for your higher education.

  • PA-TIP

    Explore aid that helps strengthen the state’s workforce and makes higher education more affordable with the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP).

  • Aid for Military & PA National Guard

    Service to our country may qualify you or your dependents for financial aid when you pursue higher education.

  • Loan Forgiveness

    Find out if you are eligible for loan forgiveness, which repays part or all of your educational loan debt if you fulfill certain work-related requirements in specific fields.

Financial Aid

5 Steps to Financial Aid

Step 1. Look for “free” money first.

Try to get “free” financial aid first. Free financial aid is the type of aid that you do not need to repay.

Unfortunately, free financial aid usually doesn’t cover 100% of your costs. And you may need to find other ways to pay for college, including taking out low-cost loans and using any money you may have saved. Alternative sources are also an option but use them only as a last resort. Take time to understand all the ways you can pay for college.

If you include more than one college on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you will receive one financial aid award letter (award offer) from each of those schools. These offers will likely contain a combination of free aid and low-cost loans. Evaluate each school’s financial aid offer carefully.

Ways to Pay for College
Free aid
  • You do not need to repay free aid, as long as you meet all of the obligations.
  • Free aid includes scholarships and grants.
  • Sources of free aid include the federal government, your state, your school, your employer, your community, religious organizations, and others.

Note: Be aware that in some cases, a grant may convert to a loan if certain obligations are not met.

Work-study or other employment
  • You can help pay for your education by working part- or full-time while you attend school.
  • Some employers offer tuition reimbursement programs in which they give money toward your education.
Low-cost loans
  • These loans offer reduced interest rates, various repayment options, and no prepayment penalties.
  • The primary source is the federal government, which offers loans for undergraduates, graduates, and parents.
  • Your school may offer institutional loans and flexible tuition payment plans.
  • You can always use money you already have to pay for school.
  • Sources include savings accounts, 529 plans, pre-paid tuition plans, or other savings programs.
Alternative sources
  • Private education loans can fill any gaps in funding after you have exhausted other aid types.
  • You may be able to use home equity loans and lines of credit depending on your situation.
  • Avoid cashing out insurance policies or retirement funds or using high-interest advances on credit cards. These sources are almost NEVER a good idea.


How to Pay for College – Scholarships, Loans, Financial Aid & the FAFSA

picture of paper moneyThere are many types of student financial aid for college, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study and it can be earned at the federal, state or institution level. For more information on college costs and financial aid, check out the links and articles below.