financial aid & the FAFSA



how to make the most of your financial aid office's help

how to make the most of your financial aid office's help

Your Financial Aid Office is there to provide you with financial assistance and advisory services, so you can pursue higher education. Be sure to make the most of their help by performing the following tasks.

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tips for maximizing financial aid and saving money on college tuition

tips for maximizing financial aid and saving money on college tuition

Attending college is not cheap. Financial aid and money-saving techniques are critical components in making higher education a possibility for most students. Use these tips to make sure you are doing everything possible to maximize your financial aid and save money on your college tuition.

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preparing to submit the fafsa

preparing to submit the fafsa

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by students applying for state, federal, and institutional financial aid. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov after October 1st of the year prior to your college start date. Here are the steps you should take when preparing to submit the FAFSA.

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an overview of the FSA ID

an overview of the FSA ID

The FSA ID is a username and password combination that allows you to access your personal records on certain U.S. Department of Education websites and acts as your digital signature on some online forms, such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here is an overview of the FSA ID.

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filling the financial aid gap

filling the financial aid gap

After determining your financial need, financial aid administrators decide how much aid they are able to offer you. Colleges may often offer aid that is less than your financial need. This is called the financial aid gap. Here are a few ways to bridge that gap.

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comparing college financial aid offers

comparing college financial aid offers

In April, many colleges and universities begin sending offer notifications to students who have been accepted for their incoming freshman class and have applied for financial assistance. Offer notifications list the cost of tuition and fees plus the amount of financial aid available through the school.

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understanding professional judgment in financial aid

understanding professional judgment in financial aid

Professional judgment is the ability of a financial aid administrator to reassess a student's financial aid due to special or unusual circumstances.

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what is work-study?

what is work-study?

The work-study program provides part-time employment to undergraduates and graduates to help with college expenses. There are two different kinds of work-study: Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study.

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the student aid report

the student aid report

The Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizes the information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The schools you list on your FAFSA will have access to your SAR and will use the information to determine if you are eligible for federal student aid.

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financial aid 101

financial aid 101

Are you clueless about the financial aid process? The following will give you an overview of the financial aid basics you need to know.

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