New UWPD Chief hopes to repair connection between police, campus community
~ Sammy Gibbons, The Daily Cardinal, University of Madison-Wisconsin newspaper
Longhorn Firearms & Silencers
~ advertisement
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Ten Most Wanted List
Reserve Police Force?
~ Christopher B Kuch, PhD
Competitor Group Partners with to Offer Discounted Race Entries
Usher Transport Inc
~ Advertisement
The Evolution of Police & Community Partnerships
~ Christopher B. Kuch, PhD
EXIT Helping Heros
CertainTeed Corporation
~ Advertisement
Congress Agrees to Add 26 Synthetic Drugs to Controlled Substances Act
The Missing Person / Runaway Dilemma
~ Volitta Fritsche
Financial Aid for Criminal Justice Students
How to Adopt Retired Police Dogs
      share   print  
  Financial Aid for Criminal Justice Students  

If you’re interested in getting a degree in criminal justice you may be worried about the cost. Luckily there are many financial aid options available to you. The following is a guide to help you understand your financial aid options.


Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the United States. They provide more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year. More than 15 million students use Federal Student Aid to help them pay for their education.

The first step in applying for Federal Student Aid, or all aid in general, is to fill out a FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA will determine how much money you can receive in forms of scholarships, grants, and loans.


There are a variety of government loans you can apply towards your criminal justice education. Some of the most common criminal justice government loans include:

  • Stafford Loans: This is the most common form of criminal justice financial aid. Stafford loans include the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program.
  • PLUS Loans: These loans are also paid through the FFEL and Direct Loan programs, but are geared towards parents rather than students. Parents must apply for these loans.

    Federal Work Study Programs:

    Federal work study (FWS) programs are a popular way for criminal justice students to receive financial aid. FWS supplements your college loans, so it therefore reduces the amount of money you need to repay after graduation.

    Through FWS programs you receive a work study job from your school; a federal, state, or local public agency; a private nonprofit organization; or a private for-profit company.

    Grants and Scholarships

    Grants and scholarships are both great sources for financial aid because you don’t have to pay this money back. Scholarships can be competitive and are usually given out with specific regulations, such as ethnicity, past GPA, gender, or other qualifiers.

    For criminal justice students, criminal justice professional associations are the best place to look for scholarships. The Police Corps in your state may offer scholarships. 



      Dave's Tire & Auto Service
    325 Bedford St
    Fall River, MA 02720
    p (508) 679-6482
      Napa Auto Parts - Kodiak
    3689 E Rezanof Dr
    Kodiak, AK 99615
    p (907) 486-5739
      Shaub-Ellison Tire Company
    5112 N Tongass Hwy
    Ketchikan, AK 99901
    p (907) 247-7575
      Golden Sands Beach Resort
    US Highway 421 South
    Carolina Beach, NC 28428
    p (910) 458-8334
    f (910) 458-3093
      Bonefish Grill
    11525 Cantrell Rd
    Little Rock, AR 72212
    p (501) 228-0356
      Carlton Club
    25 Sabattus St
    Suite 1
    Lewiston, ME 04240
    p (207) 784-9280
      White Oak Family Physicians
    550 White Oak Street
    Asheboro, NC 27203
    p 336-625-1360
      Twin City Sprinkler Co
    1920 Vargrave St
    Winston Salem, NC 27127
    p (336) 727-0508
      Johnny's Pizza
    1810 Cheshire Bridge Road
    Atlanta, GA 30324
    p 404-874-8304
      J.R. Simplot Company - Smoky Canyon Mine
    1890 Smoky Canyon Rd
    Afton, WY 83110
    p 208-873-3700
    The Publishing Group - Law Enforcement Times  
    Website Powered By Creative SplashWorks - SplashSite