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Making a College Visit Pay-Off
A visit to a college campus is a very important part of the process of finding a college that is a great academic, social and financial fit. The very first point: make sure your son or daughter is enthusiastically on-board and engaged in making the plans.
Take the first step to win the financial aid game
That sounds odd, doesn’t it, “to win the financial aid game.” You don’t have to stretch very far to see that the financial aid process has characteristics of a game: there is a rulebook, a referee (the U.S. Department of Education), a defined time period and rewards at the end for the winners. Unfortunately, as we’ve recently learned, there are cheaters too.
Federal Financial Aid Starts with the FAFSA
On October 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) will be available. High school seniors and college students continuing into Academic Year 2020-21 will need to file a new form to be eligible for aid in the 2020-21 Academic Year. FASFA allows students to participate in federal student aid programs, including the Direct Student Loan Program, the Pell Grant Program, Work-Study, and other federal aid programs. Without filing, students will not be eligible for these programs.