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Financial Aid Doesn’t Have To Be Scary!!!. Kim Bailey Shelby County Gifted Resource College Advisors. What is Financial Aid?. Scholarships Merit Based Academic Leadership Service Departmental Talent/Skill Need Based Institutional Private

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financial aid doesn t have to be scary

Financial Aid Doesn’t Have To Be Scary!!!

Kim Bailey

Shelby County Gifted Resource College Advisors

what is financial aid
What is Financial Aid?
  • Scholarships
    • Merit Based
      • Academic
      • Leadership
      • Service
      • Departmental
      • Talent/Skill
    • Need Based
    • Institutional
    • Private
    • Athletic (register with www.NCAAclearinghouse.net)
what is financial aid1
What is Financial Aid?
  • Grants
    • Federal
    • State
  • Employment Opportunities
    • Work Study
    • Summer Internships
  • Loans
    • Stafford Loans
    • Perkins Loans
    • PLUS Parent Loan
    • Other

(Federal and state aid along with many university aid and grants are awarded by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov)

goals of financial aid
Goals of Financial Aid
  • To assist students in paying for their educational investment
  • To evaluate the family’s financial ability to pay educational costs
  • To distribute limited resources in a fair manner
  • To attempt to provide a balance of scholarships, loans, grants, work study, etc.
cost of attendance coa
Cost of Attendance (COA)
  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Meal plan and additional food and snacks
  • Books and supplies
  • Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Study abroad costs
definition of need
Definition of Need

Cost of Attendance (COA)

- Expected Family Contibution (EFC)

________________________________________________

= Financial Need

why do i have to pay so much
Why do I have to pay so much?
  • As much as they are able, parents have a responsibility to pay for their children’s education
  • Students also have a responsibility to pay for educational costs
  • Family’s are evaluated in their present financial condition
how do i qualify
How do I qualify?
  • CSS Profile
    • www.collegeboard.com
    • register now
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    • www.fafsa.ed.gov
    • register after January 1st
eligibility
Eligibility
  • Accepted to an eligible program of study
  • Must be planning to enroll as a full time student
  • US Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Males must be registered with selective service
  • Must not have a drug-related conviction
  • Must have a valid social security number
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the higher ed. institution
role of the financial aid office
Role of the Financial Aid Office
  • Determine eligibility after receiving information from FAFSA or CSS Profile
  • Create an aid package
  • Send award letter to student that includes
    • COA
    • Student Need
    • Types and Amount of Aid Offered
    • How and When Aid Will Be Dispersed
    • Student Employment Conditions
    • Terms and Conditions of Aid Offer
role of the student
Role of the Student
  • Apply to college
  • Talk to your parents about your resources
  • Contact financial aid offices at your schools
  • Complete the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile
  • Review financial aid award letter
  • Compare school offers
  • Talk to your parents (AGAIN) about offers
  • Accept or reject offers and return paperwork to schools
  • Notify all colleges of your decisions by May 1st
other sources of funds and financing
Other Sources of Funds and Financing
  • Resident Assistant Benefits
  • PACT
  • 529 Plans
  • University Payment Plans
other resources
Other Resources
  • www.fastweb.com
  • www.scholarships.com
  • www.scholarshiptree.com
  • www.finaid.org
  • www.studentaid.state.al.us
  • www.students.gov
  • www.alstudentaid.com
  • www.smartmoney.com
  • Student/Parent place of employment
  • Local business and civic organizations
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