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Your presenters
Your Presenters

Fran McKeown

Higher Education Access Partner

PA Higher Ed Assistance Agency

[email protected]

What we will discuss tonight
What we will discuss tonight

  • What is financial aid

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other forms

  • Cost of attendance (COA)

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

  • What is financial need

  • Categories, types, and sources of financial aid

  • Smart Borrowing

Where does the money come from
Where does the Money come from?

  • Federal / State Government

  • School / College

  • Private Sources

    • Clubs and organizations

    • Employers

    • Internet scholarship searches


No job is complete…

Until the paperwork is done!

The free application for federal student aid fafsa
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Used to determine student eligibility for:

  • Federal programs

  • State programs

  • School programs


  • The FAFSA may be filed beginning on January 1 of the senior year of high school.

  • Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January

  • For the 2015-16 academic year, the FAFSA may be filed beginning January 1, 2015

  • The FAFSA must be completed every year!

Ways to apply
Ways to Apply

Online at

  • safe, secure, fast, skip logic, built in edits

  • print the confirmation page when complete

    Paper FAFSA – call 1-800-433-3243

Personal identification number pin
Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Know what financial aid forms your school requires
Know what financial aid formsyour school requires

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • PA State Grant Form (SGF)


  • Institutional Application

Know your deadlines
Know Your Deadlines

Know all of your state and school/college

deadlines and file the FAFSA by the earliest


  • School Deadlines – vary by school

  • PA State Grant deadlines –

    • May 1, 2015 - First Time and Renewal Applicants that plan to enroll in a degree program or a college transferable program at a junior college or other college or university

    • August 1, 2015-First Time students attending community college; a business, trade or technical schools, hospital school of nursing; Open Admissions Institutions or a 2 year non-transferrable degree program at a Jr or 4 year college.

What is the expected family contribution efc
What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

  • Amount family can reasonably be expected to contribute towards the students education

  • Stays the same regardless of college

  • Two components

    • Parent contribution

    • Student contribution

  • Calculated using data from the federal form – the FAFSA

Expected family contribution efc
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined based on your FAFSA information including:

- Parent income and assets

- Student income and assets

- Family size

- Number of children in college

- Age of the older parent

School use this number to determine eligibility for financial aid.

What school costs are considered by the financial aid office at the school
What school costs are considered by the financial aid office at the school?

School costs include:

  • Tuition and fees

  • Room and board

  • Books and supplies

  • Transportation

  • Miscellaneous living expenses

  • Varies widely from college to college

  • Calculating financial need
    Calculating Financial Need at the school?

    Schools/colleges receive financial aid information and calculate financial need.

    School cost……………………. $26,000

    EFC………………………minus… - 3,000

    Financial need………………… $23,000

    FAO “awards” student based on financial need and available funding (varies from school to school).

    Financial aid award letter sent to student.

    Special circumstances
    Special Circumstances at the school?

    • Recent death or disability

    • Change in employment status – reduced income

    • Change in parent marital status – separation or divorce

    • Student cannot obtain parent information

    • Contact the school and ask for a special consideration AND Contact State Grant Division at PHEAA

    Forms are at the school?filed!

    Now what?!?

    What happens next
    What Happens Next? at the school?

    Student Aid Report or Acknowledgment sent to student (review and make necessary corrections)

    Information is sent to PHEAA. Student must complete State Grant Form (SGF). Can link to this directly from the FAFSA.

    Account Access (PHEAA) - create an account at to view PA State Grant

    Information is sent to schools/colleges. Send to all schools being considered.

    Financial aid award letter
    Financial Aid Award Letter at the school?

    Official notification from school about financial aid, terms, and conditions.

    Lists the type and amount of each award to be received

    Describes what must be done to accept or reject any award.

    Discloses students rights, responsibilities, and academic requirements.

    Financial Aid Programs at the school?

    Federal, State, and School-based

    Federal programs
    Federal Programs at the school?

    Pell Grant (2014-15 max award $5,730) *

    Campus-based aid – amounts determined by FAO

    • FSEOG………………… up to $4000

    • Perkins loan….……….. up to $5500

    • Federal work-study…… FAO determines

      For most programs, student must be enrolled at least half-time.

      * Goes to most financially needy students

    Pa state grant
    PA State Grant at the school?

    • PA State Grant*

      • Full-time, in PA…...….up to $4,011

      • Part time, in PA………1/2 of the FT award

    • Out of state: Up to $600 in DC, DE, MA, OH, RI, VT, WV

    • Amount determined in part by the cost of the school

      * Must be at least half-time to be eligible

    Other state programs
    Other State Programs at the school?

    State Work-Study - job related to major

    Educational Assistance Grant (EAP) – National Guard

    Chafee Education and Training Grant – administered by the Department of Public Welfare

    Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant

    Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program (PEGP)

    Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH)

    Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA –TIP)

    Ready to Succeed Scholarship (RTSS)

    For details, see the PA Student Aid Guide, or visit

    Packaging example
    Packaging Example at the school?

    Cost$15,000 $25,000 $45,000

    EFC $ 3,000 $ 3,000 $ 3,000

    Need $12,000 $22,000 $42,000

    Free Money $ 6,000 $ 8,000 $18,000

    Loans $ 5,500 $ 7,000 $ 8,000

    Work$ 0 $ 2,000 $ 3,000

    Total Aid$11,500 $17,000 $29,000

    Gap (Cost – Aid) $ 3,500 $ 8,000 $16,000

    Actual Cont.

    (Cost – Free Money)$ 9,000 $ 17,000 $27,000

    Federal Loans at the school?

    If you need to borrow… Go with federal loans first!

    Mysmartborrowing org

    Page 28 PA Student Aid Guide at the school?

    This interactive tool gives you information you can use to make smart decisions about career choices and paying for college.

    Federal student loans
    Federal Student Loans at the school?

    • Effective July 1, 2013, Federal Direct Loans now carry variable/fixed rates

    • “variable/fixed” means that the interest rate for new loans will be set annually, but the rate at the time of disbursement will remain fixed for the life of the loan

    • Rates on new loans reset on July 1st of each year

    Types of federal direct loans
    Types of Federal Direct Loans at the school?

    Undergraduate Students

    • Subsidized

    • Unsubsidized

      Graduate students

    • Unsubsidized

    • PLUS Loan


    • PLUS Loan

    Federal direct loan program for students
    Federal Direct Loan Program at the school?(for students)

    Subsidized = no interest charged to student while enrolled

    • Based on Financial Need

    • Interest will not be charged during the grace period, if the loan was first disbursed after June 30, 2014.

      Unsubsidized = interest accrues in school and grace

    • Any interest not paid during grace will be capitalized at repayment

    • There is a 1.073% fee deducted from loan amount at disbursement.

    Interest rates student loans
    Interest Rates – Student Loans at the school?

    Undergraduate – Subsidized and Unsubsidized:

    • 4.66% for 2014-15

    • Capped at 8.25%

      Graduate – Unsubsidized Only:

    • 6.21% for 2014-15

    • Capped 9.50%

    Parent loan for undergraduate students plus
    Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) at the school?

    PLUS Loans – Parent & GradPLUS

    • 7.21% for 2014-15

    • Capped at 10.50%

    • Up-front fee of 4.292% deducted at disbursement

  • May borrow up to full cost of education minus financial aid

  • Credit check is required on this loan

  • Federal direct plus loan
    Federal Direct PLUS Loan at the school?

    Repayment begins immediately - can defer repayment until 6 months after student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment.

    • If defer payment – encouraged to make interest payments

  • Standard Repayment is 10 years

  • Additional eligibility
    Additional Eligibility at the school?

    Alternative/ at the school?

    Private Loans

    After considering all other aid sources

    Alternative private education loans
    Alternative/Private Education Loans at the school?

    • Nonfederal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, state agency, or a school.

    • Student borrows in his or her own name

    • Based on credit scoring and debt-to-income ratio

    • Repayment may be deferred until education completed

    • Fees, interest rates, loan amounts, and repayment provisions vary by lender and are generally higher than federal student loans

    • Co-signers usually required. Some loan products have a co-signer release option

    • Compare loans before making choice and read the fine print!

    Scholarships at the school?

    Get the free money first!

    Scholarships at the school?

    Scholarships are FREE MONEY! Scholarships are awarded by foundations, philanthropists, non-profit organizations, businesses and colleges to help students pay for college.

    There are several free scholarship databases available online. With more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion.

    The month of November is National Scholarship Month and is devoted to raising awareness of the need for scholarship support for postsecondary education.

    The 3 categories of scholarships
    The 3 Categories of Scholarships at the school?

    Post Secondary (In House) Scholarships

    Local and Regional Scholarships

    National Scholarships

    Scholarship search tips
    Scholarship Search Tips at the school?

    • Start Searching Early

    • Use FREE Scholarship Search sites

    • Don’t ignore scholarships with smaller award amounts

    • Don’t miss deadlines

    • Search for Scholarships every year

    • Check corporate websites such as Target, Walmart, Kentucky Fried Chicken, as they all have scholarship programs and you don't have to work there to get them

    F astweb com
    f at the school? is an excellent site to use for searching as it is a database that pulls specific scholarships for students based on their input. It also sends email alerts when a scholarship matches the student. is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database.

    Wrap up
    Wrap-Up at the school?

    Narrow down career choices

    Research and apply to several schools

    Work hard on scholarship search

    Don’t fear the FAFSA (do the State Grant app, too)

    Release your info to several schools

    Compare estimated financial aid award letters

    Make the tough choices

    Think of the future

    Finish on time

    Questions? at the school?