Does financial aid usually cover the cost of school supplies?

Yes, according to the U.S. Department of Education, federal financial aid can be used to cover the cost of school supplies. 

The first step in receiving financial aid to pay for school supplies is filing FAFSA®. Financial aid can be used to pay for the following:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and school supplies
  • Transportation

Any expenses related to your education, within reason, can often be covered by your financial aid package. It’s critical to speak with your financial aid office to see if there are any additional steps you need to take to allocate the funds you need towards a specific expense.m

Other related expenses that are covered by financial aid:

For instance, if you need to buy a laptop to do school work or depend on child care to get you to class, there are many cases where you can use your aid for those expenses. Again, you’ll need to talk to your school to see how these expenses work. 

  • Computer
  • Dependent care

When accepting financial aid, make sure that if you enter into any agreements for student loans, or receive any scholarships, you review the terms. You’ll want to make sure you don’t violate any conditions of the money you have received by using the fund for expenses that are not covered. 

There are some forms of financial aid that are very specific in terms of conditions that may disclose what you can and can’t use the money towards.

As long as you are not violating your financial aid terms, you should have no problem using it for expenses you need to complete your education successfully.