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Student Resources

Gina and I believe that education is the key to successful individuals and families and for a vibrant America. Because I so value my experience at Texas A&M and Gina’s 18 years as a teacher, we are committed to helping ensure that more young Americans will have the opportunity of higher education. Having raised two children, however, I am well aware of the rising costs of a good education. In fact, Gina and I have personally funded endowments to help students , including first generation college students in Texas receive college educations.

I assure you that I will support any legislation to help lessen the financial burden of higher education for students. This is why I believe that student loans are so important. The student loan program allows students and parents to borrow the money necessary to make higher education a reality for so many students in our communities.

The following information will help guide students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid. (Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, updated February 2013).

The Basics: Getting Started
Student Aid and Where It Comes From

Basic assistance categories:
  • Financial need-based
    • Remember that students and their parents are responsible for paying what they can-- financial aid is a supplement, not a substitute, for family resources.
  • Non need-based
    • Factors include academic excellence, ethnic background, or organization membership.
    • Corporations may also offer assistance to employees and children.
Federal Student Aid:
States offer residents a variety of scholarships, loans, and tuition exemptions.
Colleges and universities provide some 20% of aid, most need-based. Check university websites and the institution's financial aid office when you apply for admission.

Private foundations, corporations, and organizations offer scholarships or grants:

Targeted Aid For Special Groups 

Interested in public service?
Federal assistance programs seek to encourage people to work in geographic areas or professions where there's a particular need (such as doctors in underserved areas); encourage underrepresented groups to enter a particular profession; and provide aid in exchange for services provided (such as military service).

Aid for private K-12 education: No direct federal assistance, check with schools themselves:

Repaying Your Loans   
After college, the federal government has ways to help you repay your loans.

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I wholeheartedly commend Dr. McKown for her commitment to higher education and serving Central Texas. We are grateful for the work she does on behalf of McLennan Community College and its students. Her leadership was influential as I worked to develop a thoughtful position on how to approach solutions for our Dreamer population. It is an honor to represent great leaders like Dr. McKown in Congress. I congratulate her on this significant milestone and wish her continued success.

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