Financial Aid and Scholarships
Unless you’re willing to turn down free money, make sure you take the time to better understand financial aid and scholarships. Despite common misconceptions, everyone should complete a federal student aid form or FAFSASM, and there are scholarships available for every kind of student.
Federal Student Aid and the FAFSA
Most student financial aid comes from the federal government. Families qualify for federal student aid by filling out the free FAFSA application after January 1st of a student’s senior year of high school. The FAFSA will analyze financial information for the student and the family, and establish an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Even if your family doesn’t qualify for federal student aid, applying and getting this number may help your student qualify for other types of aid from schools, states and scholarship funds.
Each year, billions of dollars in scholarships are made available. While some may come with seemingly impossible criteria, there is something out there for almost everyone. Work with your child to find scholarships that match his or her strengths and interests.
Once you’ve landed on some scholarship opportunities that appear to be a good fit, work closely with your student to:
If the scholarship for which your child is applying requires an essay or a personal interview, be sure to review drafts of written materials, conduct practice interviews, and offer suggestions on improving both prior to the filing the application or the actual meeting date.
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