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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Financial Aid? - Requirements & Sources
Course SummaryThe video and text lessons in this course will give you solid advice from experienced financial aid specialists on finding and applying for financial aid to meet your higher education costs. The chapter will help you prioritize and track the application process.
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About This Course
This How to Apply for Student Financial Aid series of lessons takes an in-depth look at identifying, understanding, applying for, managing, and appealing university financial aid packages. The lessons include a brief (usually less than 10 minutes long) video or text lesson which contains high-quality advice from an expert in the field. If you have been struggling to find your way through the mire of financial aid options and application requirements, this course will help you get on your feet and heading in the right direction, hopefully toward successful receipt of a financial aid package that works for you.
As you work through this course, you will explore these topics:
Financial aid basics
Financial aid is not usually free money, and here we explain why. Start off with a lesson on what financial aid is, and isn't. Next learn about who qualifies for certain types of financial aid. Finally, get help figuring out how to calculate the Expected Family Contribution for financial aid applications.
The financial impact of your college choice
Not all colleges and universities are built the same, and they certainly don't all cost the same. Get advice on choosing what kind of institution of higher learning will be best for you and your financial situation. These lessons weigh the benefits and costs of in-state vs. out-of-state schools, private schools, and community colleges. Get money-saving tips like taking college credit exams and transferring credits.
Scholarships and financial aid applications
There are several types of financial aid, scholarships, and loans. You'll begin this chapter with a discussion of prioritization to manage time and meet deadlines. We then describe the differences between FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. Learn to describe your situation succinctly in the chapter on communicating special circumstances. Lastly, understand your work-study, public/private scholarship, and athletic scholarship options, and how they affect one another.
So you have that letter letting you know you've been accepted and another telling you what financial aid package the school will offer you: what now? Get advice on:
- Reviewing offers for financial aid
- Appealing/negotiating financial aid decisions
- Deciding which college/university to attend
- Maintaining eligibility for financial aid
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