Finding Money for College Loyola University New Orleans

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					Finding Money for College

     Jazz Brunch
   November 15, 2008
        We will talk about:
• Federal student aid

• State student aid

• Loyola Institutional Scholarships

• Scholarships from other sources
           We will answer:
•   What is financial aid?
•   Who can get it?
•   How much can I get?
•   How do I apply?
•   What happens next?
•   Where can I get more info?
       What is financial aid?
• Money to pay for college or career school
  – Scholarships – free money based on

  – Grants – free money based on demonstrated

  – Work-study

  – Loans
    Who can get federal and state
           student aid?
•   U.S. citizen or permanent resident
•   High school graduate/GED holder
•   Eligible degree/certificate program
•   Valid Social Security number
•   Males registered for Selective Service
•   Satisfactory academic progress
    Who can get other kinds of
         financial aid?
• States, colleges, and private scholarships
  have their own eligibility criteria.
• Be sure you know what you need to do to
  qualify (FAFSA, Profile, Institutional
  – Loyola University New Orleans utilizes the
    FAFSA to determine eligibility for all need based
    aid programs
Check Out the “FAFSA4caster”

 Automatically generate a Federal Student Aid PIN for
  use when signing the FAFSA

 Instantly calculate eligibility for federal student aid

 Generate a FAFSA—a FAFSA populated with student
  FAFSA4caster data will be available when the student
  is ready to file the official FAFSA
When Is Financial Aid Awarded?
• The General Process is :

  – Students are Accepted for Admissions

  – Students are Awarded Institutional Merit
    Scholarships (if qualified and meet deadlines)

  – Students are then considered for ―need-
    based‖ aid
How does the school award aid?
• Financial Aid Packages normally combine
  federal grants, loans, and work-study with
  any available state programs (like TOPS)
  and any institutional aid awarded.
  – Schools normally award merit scholarship aid
    important if you want to receive priority
    consideration for all aid programs
       Loyola Deadlines
Priority application deadline for all
Loyola University merit scholarship
programs – December 1, 2008

Priority application deadline for need-
based aid programs at Loyola University
- February 15, 2009
   You can use ―estimated income‖ data on
   the FAFSA.
How much federal student aid
       can I get?
   In general, depends on your financial
• Financial need determined by Expected
  Family Contribution (EFC) and Cost of
  Attendance (COA)
• EFC comes from what you report on
• COA is tuition, fees, room and board,
  transportation, etc.
        COA – EFC = financial need
        Cost of Attendance
• Each school’s ―cost of attendance‖ will be


       TUITION/FEES              BOOKS
     Need Varies Based on Cost
 1                                   X

         2                                    Y

               3                                      Z

                         EFC                EFC

  Cost of          Expected Family        Need
Attendance          Contribution         (Variable)
  (Variable)          (Constant)
Example: first-year student in 2008-09
Maximum amounts allowed:
• Federal Pell Grant: approx. $4,731
• Academic Competitiveness Grant: $750

• Federal “TEACH” Grant: $4,000

• Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan: $3,500
• Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: $2,000

• Federal Perkins Loan: $4,000
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: $4,000
• Federal Work-Study: depends on funds available at school

• Federal PLUS Loan (for parents): COA minus other aid received
   How much state
scholarship money can I
• La. ―TOPS‖ scholarships pay tuition at
  state schools or AVERAGE state tuition at
  private schools. ($2,686 for 2008-2009)

• La. ―Go‖ Grants: New Program for 2007-
  2008. $2,000 annual award for full-time
  study. Must be eligible for Pell Grant

• ―LEAP‖ Grants - Maximum of $2,000
  /year- Schools receive funds based on
  total undergrad enrollment
How do I apply for
• Federal student aid: fill out Free
  Application for Federal Student Aid
  (FAFSA) at

• State aid: Louisiana Office of Student
  Financial Assistance web site at

• “Outside Scholarships”: See
Be Careful to Avoid Scholarship Scams

  "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."

  "You can't get this information anywhere else."

  "I just need your credit card or bank account number to
  hold this scholarship."

  "We'll do all the work."

  "The scholarship will cost some money."

  "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive
  a scholarship" or "You're a finalist" in a contest you never
 Financial Aid Consultants and
  Search Services Fact Sheet
FAFSA on the Web Homepage
Before Beginning A FAFSA
     Frequent FAFSA Errors
• Social Security Numbers

• Divorced/remarried parental information

• Income earned by parents/stepparents

• Untaxed income

• U.S. income taxes paid

• Household size / Number in college
Signature Page – Student and Parent
Confirmation Page
   Special Circumstances

• Change in employment status

• Medical expenses not covered by
insurance (nursing home expenses)

• Change in parent marital status

• Unusual dependent care expenses
• Issues originating after a natural disaster
   Student Loans in the News
•Always utilize federal student loan programs
BEFORE turning to private, non- federal loans

•You must choose your federal student loan
lender. The financial aid officer cannot
recommend a lender to you.

•Parents should check their credit reports to
make sure that all listed information is correct
Resources to Help You Choose A
     “Look Before You Leap: Student
  Loan Shopping Techniques”-

    Choosing A Lender-
Check on Available Payment Plans

      Programs Offered at Loyola

          Tuition Management Systems

          TuitionPay from Sallie Mae
Money Management Tips for
          Online Resources


          What Happens Next?
•    Each school will tell you how much aid you
     can get at that school.
    – Information on projected changes for 2009-
       2010 will be posted at

•    Once you decide which school to attend, keep
     in touch with the financial aid office to find out
     when and how you will get your aid.
     Where can I get more info?

  – Information about aid programs
  – Free scholarship search
  – Free college search
• 1-800-4-FED-AID
  – Information about aid programs
  – Help with the FAFSA
  Contact information:

Cathy Simoneaux
Office of Scholarships and
Financial Aid

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