Posts Tagged ‘financial aid and scholarships’

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

December 11, 2013

Most students are beginning to wrap up the college application process.  They have spent months getting good teacher recommendations, taking the SAT and ACT, visiting schools, perfecting college admission essays, and refining their college lists.  Many are glad that they are almost done.  But are they?  Not really.  Now is the time for students to explore Imagecollege scholarships and prepare essays for those that are applicable.  Their parents need to get busy on the FAFSA in order to apply for financial aid.  This is an online form that must be submitted in order for students to have any chance to receive financial aid.

Applying for financial aid can seem like a very complicated process.  The ultimate guide to financial aid is a great source of information that will help you each step of the way.  Confusing terms are explained and reading it will make the financial aid process go more smoothly.

http://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/financial-aid/articles/applying-financial-aid/ultimate-financial-aid-handbook/

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How to Pay for College: Sharing the Responsibility

May 8, 2012

Paying for college is a daunting task for parents and students alike.  Every year college tuition at most schools continues to increase.  Tuition does not cover all of the expenses; you must also include room and board, meal plans, books, transportation, etc.    Everything you read states the one obvious fact:  College is expensive.  Parents should always apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA online, even if you think you will not qualify.  Sometimes you are pleasantly surprised.  Students should apply for any scholarships for which they meet the minimum requirements.  Both parents and students need to be resourceful in finding ways to pay for college.  Sharing the responsibility for college expenses can be a positive experience for students.  It also makes them have a vested interest in their education.  Read the following article to find out more.  http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/college-admissions-why-every-child-should-help-pay-for-college/

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10 Ways to Help You Pay for College

March 1, 2012

What parents aren’t shocked when they look at the sticker price at most colleges and universities?  College is the biggest investment most families will make with the exception of buying a house.  What can you do to make paying for college a little less painful?

1.  Fill out the FAFSA form whether you think you qualify for financial aid or not.

2.  Wait until you receive your financial aid package from a college to compare it to other schools.  Negotiate with a college to get the best deal.

3.  Encourage your child to apply for scholarships from colleges, local organizations, and your workplace or for a specific college major.

4.  Have your child start looking for a summer job and use those earnings toward college expenses.

5.  Compare the dorms where your child will be attending college and choose the one that is the most reasonable.

6.  Check out the meal plans where your child will be attending college and select the one that meets your child’s eating habits.

7.  As soon as class schedules are available, have your child try to buy textbooks online or at least used from the college bookstore.

8.  Have your child get a part-time job either through work-study or in the community.

9.  Look at both public and private schools and consider those that are committed to seeing your student graduate in four years.

10.If you child needs to fly to college, stick with one airline and make your reservations as far ahead as possible.