Types of Aid

The cost of college can look intimidating. We'll help you and your family understand the financial aid process and how it can make a university experience affordable. Explore the types of aid that can reduce the overall sticker price.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is "free money" that does not need to be repaid, usually a scholarship or grant, that a student earns through a talent, achievement, or skill. Grants and scholarships can be an important part in paying for college—especially since it’s money you don’t have to pay back. 


Scholarships are generally merit-based and are awarded from a variety of sources and for a variety of reasons. Heidelberg offers both academic and talent scholarships for incoming students that renew each year. 

Available Scholarships


In general, grants are awarded to students based on financial need, which is why it's important to file your FAFSA. There are institutional grants, as well as state and federal grants. 

Available Grants

Self-Help Aid

Self Help Aid is money awarded to students that must be paid back, or requires something in return such as work hours - i.e. loans and work study.

Work Study

The federal work study program is need-based. Funding is limited, so it’s important that students apply early and indicate their interest when completing the FAFSA. Approximately 400 students are employed on a part-time basis during the academic year. There are a variety of work study jobs available to eligible students.

Loan Information

Part of a student‘s financial aid package from Heidelberg includes the Federal Direct Loan Program with payment beginning after the student graduates or falls below 1/2 time status. Parents also have a loan program available to them to help meet the cost of higher education, the Direct PLUS Loan. Learn more about loans.

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