Ch 3: Financial Aid Applications & Scholarships

About This Chapter

Need advice on prioritizing, completing, and sending financial aid applications? This set of lessons covers the process in detail to assist students and their families in getting extra money to fund higher education.

Financial Aid Applications & Scholarships: Chapter Summary

Working through the mire of financial aid applications and how they are affected by various scholarships is made easier with this chapter. Our educators and counselors have experience with assisting students in the process - they will break it down and provide strategies for managing various requirements and deadlines. In this chapter, we'll discuss:

Prioritizing applications

Our counselors kick off this series by discussing knowledge management and scheduling schemes to prioritize work. They also provide tips on saving frequently-used data, such as school codes, for quick access and reference.

Applying for federal financial aid

In this video, our instructors describe the ubiquitous Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), generally one of the first applications students should complete each year. It includes a step-by-step process with explanations of key terms and deadlines.

Applying for non-federal financial aid

Get a run-down of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application process, and whether you need to complete one. This lesson also provides a step-by-step guide, ordered by sections on the PROFILE application.

Communicating special circumstances

Sometimes your previous year's tax return does not tell the whole story. Get advice on how to provide information on major considerations which are not explicitly covered in financial aid applications in this lesson.

Paying for school with work-study

Here our instructors explain the work-study program. They cover how the process works, what kinds of students qualify for funding through it, and restrictions in funding.

Finding school-sponsored and private scholarships

Educators describe what kinds of scholarships are often offered by private individuals/companies and schools themselves with these videos. They discuss how to determine if your intended school has them, as well as what requirements you will need to meet. Also covered are some dos and don'ts to follow while in the process of applying.

Understanding the effect of athletic scholarships on financial aid

Specific considerations must be made by student athletes as they compete for financial aid. Find out more about these considerations in this video.

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