College Financial Aid
Do I qualify?
Everyone who is a U.S. Citizen
or a resident Alien can qualify by completing a Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The same goes for Canadian Students
Contact the college as well, for their
institution Financial Aid application. Lastly talk to your high
school or college counselor for specific state aid information.
For state and institutional aid is usually based on need - so
income is a key factor. Merit Aid (or scholarships) are usually
based on academic ability and or talent. Income may not be a consideration.
There are so many different College Financial Aid packages
- How do I know which college to select?
College cost may vary greatly.
First determine how much you have to pay for overall. Inclusive
costs are: Tuition, Room, Board, Fees, Books, incidentals. Also,
consider how much does an apartment cost in the area. Next what
percentage of gift/grant aid will you receive versus loans and
jobs. In other words how much will you have to spend of your own
money? Ask if your reward is guaranteed for four years? Every
college has different financial resources and varied college aid
philosophy and policy. Thus your Aid offer will not be the same
for each different college.
How do I apply?
Apply immediately after Jan. 1st.
Go ahead and estimate your income. Priority filing dates vary.
Some as early as February. Meet all deadlines. You need to obtain
and complete the appropriate forms- you can obtain these from
the financial aid office of your future college.
How can I get a scholarship?
Make sure you complete an Institutional
application. Look for merit scholarships based on talent and or
scholastic achievement. Also, if applicable, ask your High School
counselor for information.
Am I too old to get financial aid?
You are never too old! Age is
not a consideration for Federal or State Aid.
Do I have to be admitted to apply for financial aid?
Some colleges require a financial
aid applicant to first be accepted for admissions BEFORE their
aid application will be reviewed. Check with the admissions office
on their policy.
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