Does money from FAFSA® cover housing and books?

Yes, money from FAFSA® can be used to cover housing and books

Financial aid that you receive from filing your FAFSA® can cover housing and books. Financial aid is awarded under the premise that students use it to cover the school’s costs. 

What does Financial Aid for FAFSA® cover?

Here is a list of what is covered under financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board (housing)
  • Books and supplies (books)
  • Transportation
  • Computer
  • Dependent care

As you can see, it’s more than just your tuition that gets covered with financial aid. There are plenty of opportunities to apply your aid to other expenses that come with your education.

If you have trouble accessing your aid funds for these types of expenses, talk to your financial aid office and see if they can help.

If you didn’t get enough aid, it could be worth filing for aid appeal to see if you can get more to help you with these types of expenses. 

Consider applying for scholarships

There are even some scholarships and forms of aid specific to housing or textbook assistance that you can apply for. You just need to do some research to find out how to apply; a good starting point would be to work with your school’s financial aid office and see if they have information on other scholarships or grants.

While many scholarships go directly to your school, you can request to have the funds allocated to a certain expense. This is another area where you’ll need to contact someone at your school to help you get what you need. 

Whatever the case, know that any funds you get for college can be used to help you pay for expenses. If you’re not sure how to access them or put them towards textbooks, talk to your school.