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An Introduction to Federal Student Aid

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Information compiled by Sandra J. Gibble

Do you have questions about how to pay for school? What federal student aid is? Who is eligible for student aid? Read on to begin learning the answers!

What is Federal Student Aid?

Federal student aid comes from the U.S. Department of Education. It’s money that helps a student pay for education expenses at a college, career school, or graduate school.

Federal student aid covers expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.

There are three main categories of federal student aid:

  • Grant—Grant money usually doesn’t have to be repaid. Most federal student aid grants are based on a student’s financial need.
  • Loan—Loan money must be repaid with interest.
  • Work-study—Work-study money is earned by a student through a job on or near campus while attending school and does not have to be repaid.

For details about the federal student aid programs, including maximum annual amounts and loan interest rates, visit

Who Gets Federal Student Aid?

Basic eligibility requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you’re a male
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college
  • Sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that you:
    Are not in default on a federal student loan
    Do not owe money on a federal student grant
    Will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Show you’re qualified to obtain a postsecondary education by having one of the following:
    High school diploma
    General Education Development (GED) certificate
    Completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.

Note: There are some additional requirements and exceptions. For more details about eligibility criteria, visit

For More Information and Assistance

If you have questions about how to apply for federal student aid to attend South Hills School of Business & Technology, please call our Financial Aid department at 1-888-282-7427 or schedule a visit with a Financial Aid Representative.



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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.