Seeking Financial Aid
Paying for the education can often by the biggest hurdle to becoming a radiology technician. Scholarships are a good way to go to help pay for school, but they are also very few in number and often very competitive to receive. Another good way to pay for education is through financial aid, which is offered through the federal and state governments, as well as through private banks and through specific institutions.
Federal Student Aid
Federal student aid is provided based on demonstrated need. Students submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through their institution and the government will provide an offer for the amount of financial aid they are willing to offer in the form of loans and tuition remission programs.
Federal aid is often the best solution for people in the most need as the government provides very low interest loans that do not start accruing interest until after you graduate. You also do not have to worry about paying for loans until after you graduate and have been working for a while.
There are also a number of ways to reduce these loans by providing services to the government through programs like Americorp, Peacecorp, and the Military. Often times these programs also seek people with specialized knowledge, particularly in the healthcare field, making it a strong possibility for radiology technicians.
Both the state and federal government also offer work study programs which provide the finances for people who qualify to find part time employment while they are still in school that is paid for by the government. This employment can often help people earn a little extra income to help with expenses while they are still attending college.
Many private banks offer loans that are specifically tailored to students. These loans are not quite as good as government loans, but if you do not qualify for enough financial aid through the government (many do not) then private loans can be a very good option. Like the federal student loans, private student loans often have fairly low interest rates. Many also do not have to be paid back until after graduating from college, but that is not a universal rule so make sure you know what the payment terms are on your loan before signing any documents.
Most national banks offer private loans at different rates and with different advantages and disadvantages. Finding the right private student loan can be difficult at times but some resources like FinAid.org and PrivateStudentLoans.com are very useful in narrowing the possibilities and finding a loan that you qualify for that also fits your personal situation.