The early FAFSA form can be filed

as early as June 30, 2022.  

This will determine your student aid package

earlier than ever before. 

Click here for FAFSA Guidelines in English.

Click here for FAFSA Guidelines in Spanish.

 


The team at Study.com has developed several comprehensive financial aid and scholarship
guides for college students to share information about different resources that can be utilized
to fund a college education. They've created an in-depth, expert-verified
Guide to FAFSA and Financial Aid and also published a number of comprehensive 
scholarship guides to help all students in their journey to gaining a degree:
Study.com is a leading online education resource making learning accessible for
over 30 million students and educators a month.

College Signing Day

(Information provided by In Touch, a Scholarship America newsletter)

In-person, on-campus instruction is making a comeback, and scholarships will provide a
much-needed boost to student confidence as you prepare to take that next step directly after
high school graduation.

High school seniors and their families will weigh college options, look at financial aid offers, learn
how classes will be offered in the fall, and assess schools' COVID-19 vaccination and
health policies.

To see how financial aid award offers will match your college costs, it's important to know what
goes into the
total cost of attendance. These costs can vary greatly by state and by institution,
but describe the general categories financial aid will be applied to.

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Unfortunately, there is no standard template for financial aid letters,
but it helps to know the terms and categories to look for:

-- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

-- Total cost of attendance

-- Institutional scholarships and grants (those offered by the school)

-- Federal and state grants

-- "Self-help," which can mean work-study, wages or loans offered

-- "Net price," or the total you'll be expected to pay after financial aid

U.S News & World Report has posted a helpful sample letter to help
students and families decode the offer.

Keep in mind, the initial award letter from the campus is not the final award package, as it often
does not include all private or institutional scholarships and grants a student receives. Students and
families should watch carefully for changes to the award offer, and take note of the school's outside
scholarship policy and process for financial aid appeals found online at the campus financial aid portal.

For more information, see the Scholarship America blog:

Making Sense of Financial Aid Letters

Scholarship Displacement What Families and Scholarship Providers Should Know

Scholarship Equity is Crucial in Post-Pandemic College


 

As tuition costs continue to rise, securing financial aid remains one of most critical
factors in being able to attend college. But the application for aid can be daunting,
causing millions of students to leave free college funding on the table every year.

Online U is a higher education research company that has done extensive research
to develop a comprehensive FAFSA guide. The newly released guide features quotes
from college financial aid experts and offers answers to all of the questions
frequently asked by students, including (but not limited to):

Am I eligible for financial aid through the FAFSA?

How can I apply for the FAFSA?

How will COVID-19 impact the FAFSA?

Click here to see their Guide to Applying for Financial Aid. You can also visit
onlineu.org for other valuable educational resources.