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2015 16 completing fafsa. How to Fill Out the FAFSA. Financial Aid Award Letter – Understanding Award Letters. Find out how much financial support the school will give you for the coming year.

Financial Aid Award Letter – Understanding Award Letters

After a college accepts you, you'll receive a letter that outlines how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you'll receive — including federal, state, and school sources. There’s no standard format for schools’ award letters, but they contain the same overall information: How much your year in college will cost The financial aid package that the school is giving you What portion your family is expected to contribute Any gap you’ll have to make up through other sources It may be your first time evaluating an award letter but don’t worry. Financial Aid Night Toolkit. Home - FAFSA on the Web - Federal Student Aid. Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation. Students, “college prep” is about more than the classes that you take.

Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation

It’s also about developing the skills that will help you succeed in college and life. For instance, as you balance studying and having fun, you’ll be practicing time management; and as you save for college, you’ll be learning money management. Our checklists suggest these and many other steps you can take, as well as websites you can explore, as you prepare academically and financially for college. Parents, each checklist—from elementary school through high school—includes items for you, such as how to support your child in his or her studies, where to set up a college savings account, and what to do when it’s time to apply for financial aid. Adult students, we’ve got a checklist just for you so that you can skip all the information about what classes to take in high school and get straight to exactly what you need.

Download a PDF of the full publication called the College Preparation Checklist. My Award Letter 1516. Sample Award Letter. Although college financial aid award letters may vary by design, a sample letter is included below for illustrative purposes.

Sample Award Letter

Award letters may include the Cost of Attendance (COA) for the academic year as well as a list of any financial aid programs the student has been awarded. Below is a sample award letter: Salina Area Technical College Date Ms. 123 Coldstone Avenue SampleTown, MA 00099 Expected Family Contribution: $ Sample Award Letter. Sunday, March 13, 2016 Accepted Student 400 Heath Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Dear Student: Congratulations on your acceptance to Pine Manor College!

Sample Award Letter

We are pleased to offer you the following financial assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year based on your status as a full-time student living On Campus. These awards are contingent on the accuracy of the information you provided to the College. Subtract the total financial assistance awarded, excluding Work-Study, from your costs to determine your projected balance due for the year. To accept and secure your financial aid award, please complete the enclosed reservation agreement within three weeks of the date of this letter. Sample aid offer 2. MI Student Aid - Planning for College. High School Counselors Federal Student Aid Program Requirements As legislative changes come about, students should be aware of all new requirements for the federal student aid programs.

MI Student Aid - Planning for College

This would include grants and scholarships (e.g., Pell Grant, etc.), Direct Student Loans, Perkins Loans, and Aid to Military Families. Fullbenefits 10188 7. What If No Help from Parents? This section of FinAid provides advice to students whose parents are unable or unwilling to help students pay for school.

What If No Help from Parents?

Regardless of the situation, some of the more common questions received by FinAid come from students seeking help because their parents cannot contribute to their education. FinAid supports changes in federal legislation that would shift the burden to the students. Unfortunately, current federal law does not provide many options for students who want to go to college but whose parents refuse to help. For an abbreviated version of this advice, see Fastweb’s How to Deal If Your Parents Won’t Pay.

Federal Government Policies on Parental Responsibility The federal government and the schools consider it primarily the family's responsibility to pay for school. In cases of divorce, the custodial parent is responsible for completing the FAFSA form. Glossary. Academic Year This is the amount of the academic work you must complete each year, and the time period in which you are expected to complete it, as defined by your school.


For example, your school’s academic year may be made up of a fall and spring semester, during which a full-time undergraduate student is expected to complete at least 24 semester hours, usually called credits or credit hours, over the course of 30 weeks of instructional time. Academic years change from school to school and even from educational program to educational program at the same school. For purposes of the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, an academic year is defined as one complete school year at the same school, or two complete and consecutive half years at different schools, or two complete and consecutive half years from different school years (at either the same school or different schools).

Half years exclude summer sessions and generally fall within a 12-month period. Learn how financial aid works (introduction) TICAS and uAspire 2014 Tips for Counselors 0. ED540080. Decoding College Financial Aid. I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Decoding College Financial Aid

We're going to turn now to a rite of spring - the wait for those college acceptance letters. Soon to follow for many will be financial aid packets that spell out grants, loans and other awards. Now that financial aid offers the promise of college to many who would otherwise not be able to afford it. But we know it can be very complicated. That's why, along with our colleagues at NPR's Morning Edition, we're spending some time this spring bringing you stories about paying for college. SCOTT JUEDES: Thank you, Michel. MARTIN: Now we looked up a number of sample award letters, and it seems like they're all different. JUEDES: It is. MARTIN: How would you recommend that you start? JUEDES: So I think the first thing you should do is step back and first of all say, congratulations, right, to either your student or yourself if you are the student because it's been a long road to get here.

Navigating The College Money Maze. It's that time of year again for anxious students and their families.

Navigating The College Money Maze

College acceptance letters are coming in, and federal financial aid forms are going out. That means thousands of students and families are starting down the road of deciding where to go and how to pay for it all. The average tuition for a four-year, private college is $30,000 this year. The cost for out-of-state students at public colleges is not far behind that at $22,000 a year according to The College Board. This spring, along with NPR's Morning Edition, we will bring you stories about paying for college to help navigate that higher education money maze. Today, we want to start by asking why college is so expensive and how it got that way. CAROLINE HOXBY: Thank you so much, Michel. Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College.

In reporting on students navigating the maze of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree.

Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College

Here are some of the most common ones: Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, so it's mainly the middle class that gets squeezed. It's a common misperception and "it's simply not true," says Lauren Asher, president of The Institute for College Access and Success, an independent, nonprofit research and advocacy group. Take Pell Grants, which go to low- and moderate-income families.

A majority of Pell recipients are families with incomes under $50,000 a year. Resources. The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school. Our resources are grouped by the following topics: Information on College Preparation and the Federal Student Aid ProgramsFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) InformationLoan InformationConsumer Protection Hard copies of many of the publications are available for order from the U.S.

Department of Education’s Publication Center ( or by calling 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827). TTY/TDD callers can use 1-877-576-7734. To view the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, you must have installed the latest version of the Adobe Reader (free). Counselors handbook 2015 16. Financial Aid Shopping Sheet. This Web page provides students, families and institutions with resources and background about the development and adoption of the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet. SSGBudgetAndCollegeChecklist 416272 7. ProgramsGlance 465231 7. Resource Library - Casey Family Programs. SSG Guidebook 450336 7. Resources. The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school.

Our resources are grouped by the following topics: Information on College Preparation and the Federal Student Aid ProgramsFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) InformationLoan InformationConsumer Protection Hard copies of many of the publications are available for order from the U.S. Paying for College: Learn about Financial Aid, Scholarships and FAFSA. 2015 16 do you need money. College Board - Net Price Calculator for Students. Federal Student Aid. Module Three Grants Scholarships Loans s1 Chart12015. Types of Aid. Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Aid can come from Besides financial aid, you also should think about what you can do to lower your costs when you go to college.

“Types of Federal Student Aid” Video Check out this video to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education. (Captioning available in English and Spanish; just start the video and click on the CC symbol at the bottom.) View accessible version (wmv) Aid and Other Resources From the Federal Government The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs.

The U.S. TICAS and uAspire 2014 Tips for Counselors 0. Funding your education.