There are a variety of ways to supplement the funds you have set aside for your education. Many students will receive some sort of financial aid; some funds do not have to be repaid while others are loans. You’ll find information on the most common kinds of student aid below.

Student Loans

A direct student loan is aid that is deferred until you’re out of school. You must pay it back.


Grants are free aid you do not have to pay back. Essentially, they are a gift.


Scholarships are a gift - they do not need to be paid back.

Federal Work Study

FWS provides employment opportunities for students with financial eligibility, allowing them to earn money to help finance the cost of their education.

Book Advance

This program allows you to use a portion of your anticipated financial aid to purchase textbooks and supplies from any business. It is not free or additional funds.

Study Abroad

These are scholarships to provide financial support to students who wish to participate in a Mesa Community College (MCC) sponsored study abroad programs.