Financial Aid | Glossary of Terms
An amount derived from the FAFSA information that students and families are expected to contribute to the extent that they are able toward their educational costs.
The form that most colleges require families to submit in order to apply for financial aid. The form required for federal government need-based funding, including Pell grants and Direct Loans. Houghton's FAFSA code is 002734.
A federal loan for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal regulations. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time and during deferment periods.
A federal loan awarded to any student who completes the FAFSA; it is not based on financial need. Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed to the time the loan is repaid in full. Any eligible student can take out Direct Unsubsidized Loans.
The Parental Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) allows a parent to borrow the difference between the cost of education and financial aid received.
Typically ranges from $500 to $750 per year and is directed toward students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
This program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need to help with their education expenses. Houghton College pays the student directly for the hours worked.
Money provided by a government, local authority, public fund or institutional fund to finance higher education. Grants do not need to be repaid.
Financial aid based entirely on a student’s academic achievements, regardless of financial need. Merit-based aid usually comes in the form of scholarships.
Financial aid based solely on financial need – the assets and income of the prospective student and his or her family. Need-based aid includes government grants, institutional grants, loans, and work-study, among other forms.
A grant program targeted to low-income students with the most financial need. Pell amount varies by year and by need, providing a maximum of $5,815 per year for full-time students for the 2016-2017 year. Students must apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
A low-interest (5%) loan program administered by Houghton College, and recipients are selected on the basis of exceptional financial need. Student will not be charged interest before he or she begins repayment so long as the student is enrolled at least half-time.
Refers to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) being available beginning October 1st, and using the previous year's tax information to complete the FAFSA. For example, 2015 tax information will be used on the 2017-2018 FAFSA.
Financial aid funds that come from a variety of public, private, and institutional sources. Scholarships are awarded based on specific criteria, and like grants, do not have to be repaid.
The New York State TAP program provides annual awards for up to $5,000 to eligible, full-time undergraduate students. The applicant must be a New York state resident, meet income eligibility requirements, and attend college in New York state. Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and listing a college in New York state.