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Paying for College: Chapter Summary
The cost of an education combined with the sheer number of financial aid options out there can make paying for college seem like a herculean task. Fortunately, our guidance counselors can provide you with plenty of tips and advice. Let them help you fill out the federal application form used to determine your eligibility for certain types of financial aid, introduce you to work-study options and show you how to find scholarships. This chapter includes:
Submitting the FAFSA
The first step towards receiving financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Let our guidance counselors explain what types of information you'll need to fill out this form. Also, find out why it is so important, so you can make the most of the application process.
Understanding work-study options
Find out who qualifies for this type of aid and learn what it entails. If this type of part-time employment sounds like a good fit, we can also show you how to obtain a work-study position that suits your needs and interests.
Applying for scholarships
School-specific, skill-specific and private scholarships can drastically reduce the cost of your college education. Use these lessons to discover tips for finding and successfully applying for this type of financial aid. Our guidance counselors can also give you advice on how to gauge which scholarships are best suited for you and which ones may not be worth investing your time and effort in applying.
1. FAFSA Tips: How to Apply for Financial Aid
You are offered admission to the college of your choice! How do you pay for this? In this lesson we review the requirements, application process and the federal aids for college available through FAFSA or 'Free Application for Federal Student Aid'.
2. Understanding Your Work-Study Options
Work-study programs can help you finance your education and gain work experience for your resume. This lesson discusses work-study options, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and restrictions.
3. Applying for Scholarships at Your College
Scholarships award the recipient with financial aid that does not have to be repaid. This lesson covers ways to find individual school-sponsored scholarships and tips for increasing your odds of winning scholarships.
4. Applying for Private Scholarships
Private scholarships award the recipient with financial aid that does not have to be repaid. This lesson covers some of the ways to find private scholarships as well as tips for increasing your odds of winning private scholarships.
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