Financial

Submitting your FAFSA

There’s so much to know about financial aid including deadlines, terminology, types of aid and the awarding process in general. 

Submitting your FAFSA is the first step in receiving financial aid. In this video we review the financial aid submission process. Learn what documents you’ll need to provide, what to expect after you submit your FAFSA and what verification involves.

6 easy scholarship tips

Your student probably knows that scholarships are one of the best ways to pay for college. After all, it’s free money that they don’t have to pay back. But they may not know some of the ins and outs of scholarships, such as when to start searching for them or that your student may need to meet certain criteria to keep them. 

Below are six easy tips for your student to keep in mind as they seek out and apply for scholarships.

Top financial aid questions and answers

Financial aid can be a godsend in helping to pay for college. But figuring out the process of applying for and receiving aid can almost feel like you’re learning a new language. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the top financial aid questions and answers asked after applying for financial aid. And remember — there is always someone who can help no matter where your student is in the financial aid process. Just connect with the college’s financial aid office.

 

Get money for college

One of the biggest factors in the college decision-making process is having to pay for it all. Between tuition, fees, housing and books, it’s important to budget for everything. First things first — be sure your student completes the FAFSA. They might also consider the possibility of getting a part-time job to take care of extra expenses and “fun money.” They should also apply for at least a few scholarships. Since you can’t apply for too many scholarships, here’s a search tip to increase your student’s chances of getting awarded.

How to prepare for college

The journey may seem long, but college will be here before you know it. We set out to help parents and students along the way by compiling a timeline of steps, action items and activities that families can use to prepare for that next big chapter in a students’ life. Parents and students are encouraged to start early. Save this document for future reference. We’ll be here for you every step of the way.

What happens after your student submits their FAFSA?

If you’ve been involved in the college search process with your student for even a short time, you’re probably aware of the FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA reveals how much federal grant, scholarship and loan money your student is eligible for to help them pay for college.

It usually takes less than an hour to complete the FAFSA (pro tip: you might want to help your student fill it out). But what happens once your student clicks “Submit?” 

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