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Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid provides a variety of financial aid programs and services to help Aims Community College students understand and meet their educational costs. 

Aims is dedicated to limiting debt through the following:

  • keeping tuition and fees at a reasonable rate
  • awarding grant funds to eligible students based on funds available
  • encouraging students to apply for scholarships and/or to work on campus and
  • educating students on borrowing and repaying student loans. 

Our office offers in-person FAFSA help sessions each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Commons, Room 240, please be sure to bring your FSA ID and your income information.

Students are required to complete a FAFSA once a year prior to the fall semester.  Please be sure to complete your FSA ID prior to attending your help session.

Available Forms of Financial Aid

  • Scholarships

    Scholarships are a great way to help you pay for college – check out the many opportunities available to Aims students.

    Learn About Scholarships
  • Grants

    Federal, state and college grants are the foundation of our financial aid programs. Grants do not have to be repaid and are awarded to students based on financial need.

    Learn About Grants
  • Loans

    Student loans can help pay for college, and Aims helps students access a variety of loan programs.

    Learn About Loans
  • Student Employment (Work Study)

    Full-time and part-time students can apply for part-time jobs to help pay for education expenses, often with a focus on community service work and work related to majors.

    Learn About Work Study

How to Get Financial Aid

These pages will help you through the process of determining your eligibility and applying for financial aid. 

  • What's Required

    Outline of requirements students must meet to receive financial aid and the circumstances that will affect aid eligibility.

    See Requirements
  • Calculator

    Use this calculator to estimate costs for tuition, fees, books and supplies as well as living expenses and transportation.

    Estimate Costs
  • Apply

    This page outlines the steps students must take to apply for and receive financial aid.

    Apply for Financial Aid
  • SAP Appeal

    A student may file an SAP appeal when the failure to make satisfactory academic progress is caused by undue hardship or circumstances outside the student's control.

    Learn How
  • Aid For Veterans

    The information on this page is provided to ensure veterans are able to access financial aid and other resources to meet their education costs.

    Veterans Services
  • FAQ

    Find answers to commonly asked questions about financial aid, scholarships, loans, veterans benefits and work study programs.

    See FAQs

Financial Aid Staff

Christopher Peterson

Christopher Peterson

Executive Director, Student Financial Aid
Jon Dechant

Jon Dechant

Assistant Director II, Financial Aid Servicing
Lorna Finaly

Lorna Finlay

Financial Aid Specialist, Senior
Theresa O'Conner

Theresa O'Connor

Financial Aid Specialist, Senior
Kooper Smith Headshot

Kooper Smith

Financial Aid Advisor
Mary Pleiss

Mary Pleiss

Assistant Director II, Financial Aid Processing
Hannah Jensen

Hannah Jensen

Financial Aid Advisor
picture of Jessica Sosa

Jessica Sosa

Financial Aid Advisor
Amber Mason Headshot

Amber Mason

Financial Aid Advisor