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					A Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop
                               2010-2011
What is Financial Aid?

  Scholarships

  Grants

  Loans

  Employment
Student Financial Aid
 Merit-based
   academics
   talent
   athletic
   others


 Need-based
    financial considerations
Where to Find Scholarships
 4-year universities
 2-year universities
 National, State, and Local Businesses and Foundations
 Community and Civic Organizations
 Churches
 Internet (www.fastweb.com)
 Private Sources
Internet Scholarship Search
Engines
 FinAid on the Web: www.finaid.org
 College Board: www.collegeboard.com/splash
 FastWeb: www.fastweb.monster.com
 Scholarship Resource Network Express:
  www.srnexpress.com
 GoCollege: The Collegiate Web source:
  www.gocollege.com
What Does FAFSA Apply For?
Grants                                 Loans
 Federal Pell Grants                   Federal Perkins Loan
 Federal Supplemental Educational
    Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)           Stafford Loans (subsidized &
   Academic Competitiveness Grant       unsubsidized)
    (ACG)                               PLUS Loans
   National Science and
    Mathematics Access to Retain
                                        Consolidation Loans
    Talent Grant (National SMART
    Grant)
   Teacher Education Assistance for
    College and Higher Education
    (TEACH) Grant
   Iraq and Afghanistan Service
    Grants
Work-Study
Programs
Work-study programs are a
form of financial aid in which
you perform work in
exchange for money for your
education. Federal
government programs are the
primary source of work-
study, but individual states or
campuses may also offer their
own programs to make
additional financial aid
available to as many students
as possible.
Year-By-Year
  Timeline
9th   Grade Year
 Develop a Four-Year Plan


 Select the most appropriate diploma


 Join Clubs and activities of interest


 Take a career interest inventory
10th   Grade Year
 Register and take PSAT.


 Register and take PLAN.


 Look for leadership roles in clubs/activities.


 Start the development of a resume.
11th      Grade Year
 Register and take the PSAT/NMSQT.

 Register and take the ACT.
       www.act.org

 Attend college fairs.

 Make college visits.

 Start research about scholarship opportunities.

 Select colleges that are of top interest.

 Finish resume.
12th   Grade Year
 Register for fall testing (ACT or SAT).
 Attend College and Career Fair
 Start early application process in September.
 Request letters of recommendations from various
  sources
 Apply for scholarships (most deadlines are December
  1st.)
 Fill out FAFSA forms and financial aid forms from
  colleges (before February 1st)
 Request transcripts.
How Do I Apply for FAFSA?
 Collect your Financial information
    Federal income tax return
    SSN # and Driver License
 Get a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov
 Fill out your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov
    Apply on or after January 1, preceding the academic year.
    Need help? Use “Live Help”icon or call 1-800-4-FED-
     AID.
    Don’t forget to print confirmation page.
 Contact Other Sources (State, etc.)
Potential “SCAMS”
 Organizations that offer to locate more aid and then
  charge you a fee.
 Anyone who charges you a fee:
   For information about financial aid
   To complete the FAFSA
   To apply/receive a scholarship
 Organizations that guarantee you will get a
  scholarship or aid.
 “Come to our free seminar and we’ll show you how to
  get more financial aid.”
Resources
 JAG Conference: Finding Money for College
    Powerpoint, Auburn/Opelika, 2010.
 Making It Count! Year By Year Timeline. http://www.
    makingitcount.com/parents/article/view.asp?articl
    eID=174.
 National Association of Student Financial Aid
    Administrators: What You Need to Know About
    Financial Aid Powerpoint, 2008.
 NCASFAA/NCSEAA: Financial Aid Presentation
    http://www.ncasfaa.com/docs/toc_counselors.html.
 U.S. Department o Education. How to Apply for Federal Student
    Aid Powepoint, 2002.
 www.act.org