Applying for Financial Aid

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Financial aid: Filling out the forms

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the starting point for most need-based aid programs, including federal grants, loans and work-study funds. This is generally considered the No. 1 place to start your search for aid — even if you think you won't qualify. There are many variables that are considered as part of this process, and you may be surprised at the results.

Fill out the FAFSA.

Another common financial aid form is the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, which is used by a long list of private colleges and universities to award their own financial aid packages to students.

Fill out the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Applying for aid

Even if you think you won't qualify for aid, it's a good idea to still fill out the FAFSA and other aid forms. There are many variables that are considered as part of this process, and you may be surprised at the results.

Many client's don't think they will qualify for financial aid and don't fill out the application. There are many resources you can guide them to to help them in the process.

Useful links

ed.gov/finaid.html Financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education
fafsa.ed.gov Free application for Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education
finaid.org A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools
irs.gov/publications/p970/ IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education
collegesavings.org Source of information about Section 529 College Savings Plans and Prepaid Tuition Plans
savingforcollege.com Information on college savings with articles, calculators, 529 plan rankings, financial aid, scholarships
collegeconfidential.com Features college forum and resources for test prep, financial aid, admissions and other topics
iefa.org Resource for financial aid, scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad

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