College Goal Sunday

If you have been following the Financial Aid Sense BLOG, you know that families should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid. Financial Aid Sense is full of solid information about applying for financial aid for college. In addition, we also wanted to share that there are additional resources available to assist families with the financial aid application process and with FAFSA completion.

College Goal Sunday is a well-developed program that offers assistance with FAFSA completion. Programs are offered in every state and support families with FAFSA completion. Open a web browser and type in “College Goal Sunday” plus the name of your state, to connect to your state-specific College Goal Sunday event.

Who should participate in College Goal Sunday? Anyone who is seeking financial aid to pay for college, whether a traditional student right out of high school or an adult who is pursuing higher education.  College Goal Sunday helps students (regardless of their age) and their families complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is a required when applying for financial aid, thus it is important to complete the FAFSA by the stated deadlines.

Most families need assistance paying for college related expenses, and completing the FAFSA is the first step in the college aid process.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an integral component of the financial aid application process and key to accessing financial aid resources, such as grants, work-study, and student loans.

For additional information on the FAFSA, please see the following resources on this website.

Financial Aid Application Process

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Financial Aid Application Myths

FAFSA Tips

New FAFSA Available NOW

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Give the gift of knowlege! Check out Financial Aid Sense ~ a vital read for anyone needing financial aid for college. This resource will walk you through the entire financial aid application process, scholarship search process, award letter comparison, and college financing options. All in one handy guide. Pick up a copy today and keep it with you throughout the process! Checklists, case studies and handy guides are all included and will guide you through the entire process. Don’t miss out on financial aid opportunites – Financial Aid Sense is there to assist you!

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Financial Aid Application Myths

When the subject of financial aid comes up there are always many people who offer their opinions. Some telling “their story” about when they applied for financial aid for either themselves or for their children or some that recant stories that they heard in the news. Since I work in a high school with seniors on a daily basis, I also hear a lot from kids related to college financing and financial aid. Many are under the assumption that it is difficult to apply for financial aid or that money is only available to a handful of college students. One thing for sure is that there are a lot of myths related to the topic of financial aid thus I thought it would be helpful to discuss some of these financial aid myths on my blog.

Some kids have stated that college is too expensive and that their family would never be able to afford the college tuition. Little do they know that billions and billions of dollars are offered to families each and every year to assist with the costs of an undergraduate education, with aid coming in the form of grants and scholarships, loans and work programs.  With so many sources of financial aid available, it would be a mistake not to apply for financial aid.

Other students have mentioned that one needs to be in the very top of their class in order to receive financial aid. Although the very top students may qualify for a merit scholarship, which depends on specific college admission policies and availability, the majority of financial aid is based on demonstrated family financial need, versus grade point average. Obviously, the admissions process will look at transcripts, grade point average, and the academic strength of the student. Related to financial aid though, some colleges institute what is referred to as a “need-blind admissions process” which means that students are admitted based solely on admissions criteria, NOT whether they have financial need or not. Whether a student applies for financial aid or not does not have any bearing on the admission’s decision at colleges that practice need-blind admissions, which the majority of colleges do.

I have heard parents say that they make too much money to quality for financial assistance for college. It is nice to believe that, and perhaps in some cases it is true, however, it is important to not make guesses about what a family will qualify for. Eligibility can certainly differ from college to college due to individual institutional awarding parameters and funding levels, however, it would be a shame for a family to not apply for aid when a possibility exists to get funding.

The message to students should be to apply for financial aid, even if they don’t think that they will qualify. One thing for sure is that they won’t qualify if they don’t apply! The process can be overwhelming and confusing, however, not impossible. We developed Financial Aid Sense with the clear vision of providing a tool to families to stay organized during the financial aid process. Don’t miss out on financial aid opportunities! Pick up a copy of Financial Aid Sense and use the helpful checklists, templates, action items and resources to understand the process and for guidance along the way!

Best of luck in the college financial aid process!

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Saving Money While a College Student

My nephew just shipped out to college as a freshman at Syracuse University in New York the other day and I visited with him just before he left. I gave him the usual pep talk that I would give anyone just starting out – including the “study hard”, “make the right choices”, “you will fit in great” talk – all of that stuff – and of course my favorite advice of being frugal and controlling spending. To that end, wanted to make sure that readers see this article below that was published in US News Education today which gives some logical but pointed tips on how to save money while a college student. How to Save on Personal Expenses in College“.

In addition, our own tips are included on the Financial Aid Sense website and in our newly updated publication about financial aid and college financing.  Check out our Saving Money Tips for College Students. Juniors and Seniors in High School who plan to go to college should check out the information on the Financial Aid Sense site as well as our newly updated Financial Aid Sense publication which gives practical advise about financial aid and college financing as well as the templates, case studies, and timelines necessary to stay on track and manage the complicated financial aid process. Check out Financial Aid Sense today!

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Financial Aid Sense now on Kindle

Great news! Financial Aid Sense is now available as an E-Book for the Kindle. Kindle lovers can now benefit from reading Financial Aid Sense on their Kindle! All the same great financial aid and college financing resources are included in the Kindle version. Truly a vital read for anyone with college bound children. Especially useful for families with children going to college in the next few years!

Check out Financial Aid Sense for practical information on financial aid and the college financing process.

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