How To Get The Most Financial Aid For College



How to Get Financial Aid in College

Steps

  1. Fill out the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) online as early in the year as possible.The general rule is to do it when you do your taxes.
  2. When you get your SAR (student aid report) back from the FAFSA processing center, call the school that you will be attending to find out your next step.
  3. Generally, what happens is that the school receives a copy of the SAR and it generates an award letter.
  4. After that is done, then apply for any outside scholarships.Many of them require that you have completed the FAFSA to be eligible.

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    My son's second semester general average was below 2.0. What will happen now?
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    I would suggest for your son the same that I do for all of my students. Attend a community college first. Admission at community colleges is open, meaning if you complete high school or a GED, you are accepted. The tuition at community colleges is significantly less and the courses can transfer to a university and equate to the first two years of college if he works with an advisor at the community college. It could literally save 40% or more on the total cost of education. Often, you will find, that the Pell Grant alone is enough to cover the cost of attendance at a community college. Community Colleges allow you to bypass GPA requirements and ACT/SAT requirements.
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    I have had temporary custody of my grandchild for fifteen years. He will be going to college; will I be responsible for his tuition, or can I get some financial aid for him?
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    He has the option to take out student loans. Another option is to apply for financial aid and scholarships. A good first step is to research the many scholarship opportunities online and apply for any that would be applicable, while checking into financial aid programs for students both in your area and the at the colleges he'd like to attend.
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  • Watch your email and snail mail for updates, forms and notices. These require your attention. A missed form could mean missed money.
  • Give the school at least a month to process your application.
  • You have to reapply for every academic year which (for most schools) begins in the Fall.
  • Check out your state's homepage for more information on state grants and scholarships.
  • Turn in your paperwork, if required, in a timely manner.
  • Know your EFC as well as you know your child's SAT.
  • Reach out to the college financial aid counselor.
  • Don't be paranoid (or at least keep it to a minimum)
  • Prepare for the package—and the shortfall.
  • More money is available earlier. Pay attention to deadlines.Each school has different deadlines to receive financial aid applications. Awards are made on a first come first served basis and then by greatest need. Financial aid awards are made up of a combination of grants (gift aid), loans (self-help aid), and work-study. Funds are limited and once they have been exhausted, less gift aid may be awarded.

Warnings

  • Do not lie on the form to make your situation appear worse than it is, doing this takes money from people who really need it, plus you may be verified by the school which makes the whole process take alotlonger.
  • Take out loans if necessary, but avoid taking out the maximum amount available. You could end up making 0 per month payments after graduation for every ,000 you take out in loans.
  • The FAFSA isfree. If you are on a site that wants to charge you to submit the FAFSA, leave.
  • Understand loans, grants and work-study.
  • Don't base your decision on finances alone.
  • Know the difference between merit-based and need-based aid.
  • Complete the FAFSA.

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Things You'll Need

  • Your taxes from the previous year. (and your parent's if you are a dependent student)
  • A PIN number.
  • Your (and your parent's) name, birthday, and social security number.
  • Time! Doing all this takes a long time. You are not going to get it all finished up in an evening.





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