In the midst of the college applications season, many parents start to wonder “How am I going to pay for college?”
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®): Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. For many families, the reality of college costs does not come until April and May when students start to make commitments and pay enrollment fees. But the time to apply for Financial Aid now begins in October, no longer April or May, and most colleges and universities have a priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA® application. A few colleges also require submission of the CSS Profile for further financial aid consideration. Again, check each college’s financial aid website to familiarize yourself with each school’s requirements.
The GRACE College Counseling Department wants to help you move forward quickly with the Financial Aid process, meet deadlines, and access tips for filling out the application, so we are including here several links to information that we think you will find very useful:
- Financial Milestones, Deadlines, and Opportunities (Senior Year Checklist)
- 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA – College Foundation of North Carolina
- FAFSA Process
- 8 Steps to Filling out the FAFSA® Form
- The College Funding Coach
- Financial Aid Basics: What Students & Families Need to Know
- Expert Advice: Listing College Options on the FAFSA®
- Next Steps for FAFSA® Filers
- “Freshmen entering college this fall  left $2.3 billion in financial aid on the table by not filling out the FAFSA” (Nerdwallet)
- Financial Aid Presentation  from Kevin Michaelsen, Director of Financial Assistance at Meredith College
- Financial Aid in 7 steps from NACAC
- Your Guide to Getting Through the FAFSA
As always, please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and feel free to make an appointment with our college counseling team at any time.