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What is a CSS Profile? CSS Profile stands for College Scholarship Service Profile! This is one application that allows students to apply for financial aid. It gives private members of the College Board a look at the finances of a student and their family. It goes much further into detail than the FAFSA form does. Why is it important? As always, there is an emphasis on getting the most financial aid possible. This form is used to determine preliminary eligibility for institutional scholarships, grants, and loans. How much? While the FAFSA is free, there is a cost for your CSS Profile. There… Read more here!
Scholarships 101: Scholarships are a great way to receive money for school just for doing something you enjoy or are good at! Here are just a few of the many types of scholarships available: Athletic- If playing in the spotlight is your dream, the NCAA issues about $1 billion dollars in scholarships each year. Athletes in Division I and II schools can receive full or partial athletic scholarships. However, Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships. Sports scholarships are highly competitive, check out the NCAA website for details. Academic- If you have the GPA, the book smarts, and the… Read more here!
FAFSA Top 10- What Every Student Should Know Apply early! It cannot be stressed enough to apply as early as possible starting January 1st of each year. Financial aid is issued on a first come, first serve, as needed basis. Leave nothing blank! If the answer is zero, put a zero. No answer is not an answer; this will result in delays. Get a PIN for you and a parent! Register for your PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov. You receive this information instantly. The PIN will serve as your electronic signature. Keep it in a safe place; it is yours’ forever!… Read more here!
Time is of the essence, especially when it comes to submitting your FAFSA application. In order to receive the maximum amount of aid you qualify for, file your FAFSA as soon as possible starting January 1st. When it comes to FAFSA, time is money.The federal government has set a June 30th deadline each year for FAFSA submissions. However, other deadlines may be set by your state and college. State deadlines are often earlier than federal deadlines. To find out information regarding your school’s deadline, remember to contact the financial aid office.The FAFSA corrections form must be filed by September (date… Read more here!
By now, it is not a secret: college is expensive. Whether you are a high school senior, already in college, or thinking about heading back to school, there are ways to save. Here is our list of tricks and tips to get the most out of college for as little as possible: Free Money: It does exist and it exists in many forms. Grant Money- Money from the federal government, issued on a need-based, first-come, first serve basis. Federal Pell Grant- awarded to students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. These grants are normally awarded to students with a family income… Read more here!
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Summer rolls around and it’s time for the beach, hanging by the pool, a summer job or even summer classes. Some students use the summer session as an opportunity to get ahead or get caught up. While class during the summer may not seem ideal, it can be a great opportunity. However, with this opportunity comes with a large price tag. Fortunately, you can apply for financial aid for the summer session. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your summer: Make sure you have filled out a FAFSA for the appropriate academic year. Contact your… Read more here!
So you have filled out the FAFSA, hit submit, and realized something is incorrect…It’s OK! We all make mistakes! With FAFSA corrections, it is not too late to right a wrong. In order to correct your completed FAFSA form, you will need to go back to your saved online application. Again, this website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember the handy PIN number we spoke about in previous blogs? If you have it readily available, great. If not, you can request your PIN once again. You will then identify the school year that you wish to make corrections to from a drop down… Read more here!
What is EFC? If EFC means nothing to you, chances are you have not filled out a FAFSA application yet. Anyone who fills out a FAFSA application will receive an EFC score. EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution. In short, EFC determines whether or not you are eligible for federal financial aid. The EFC number you receive upon completing the FAFSA form is the amount of money a family can expect to contribute to their child’s post secondary education. The Department of Education then subtracts the EFC from the student’s cost of attending college and that number represents a student’s… Read more here!