Applying and getting ready for college can be a daunting task. On top of that, the responsibility of figuring out how to pay for school can be overwhelming. So, how do you pay for college if you have no money? There are many options available to help you pay for college expenses and make your dreams within your reach!
Fill Out the FAFSA
Step one of figuring out how to get financial aid for
college is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Everyone likes free stuff, like an extra doughnut from your
favorite coffee shop on your birthday. But what about free money for college? You
could be missing out on an important source of funds if you don’t complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s the easiest way to qualify for free money in
the form of grants and scholarships. This may sound complicated, but the
process is very easy,
N.C. Organizations Warn Families ‘Don’t Get Hooked’ by Misleading Financial Aid Offers
Multiple North Carolina families have fallen victim to scams surrounding the FAFSA and other financial aid programs statewide, losing hundreds of dollars. Scammers promise college scholarship or grant money to families if they agree to certain stipulations, like sending a check or signing up to pay for a service. Scammers time these offers during the college application season, so families are fooled into thinking they’re hearing from scholarship providers or the federal government.
You’ve sent in your applications, filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), interviewed with schools and kept your grades up. Now, with graduation quickly approaching, it’s time to finalize your post-secondary education decision. Given that part of your decision will be based on your ability to cover the cost of tuition at your school of choice, understanding your financial aid package is critical.
When you filled out your FAFSA,
Scholarships are a great way to pay for college. For one, they are a nice reward you for your hard work, your dedication to an activity, or even some aspect of your identity. But scholarships also offer what many refer to as “free money.” That means money you don’t have to pay back. Read on to learn the main types of scholarships, and how to find them!
Most people know that your academic performance can earn you scholarships.
“Amy Denton, a regional representative for the College Foundation of North Carolina, said the changes mean students can complete and submit their FAFSA earlier and avoid having to go back and make corrections after tax season.
‘I can see this meaning there will be less corrections, less opportunities for verifications families have to go through because the taxes are already sitting with the IRS, she said. They can link to the IRS and import it into the FAFSA.’”
“For in-person help filing the FAFSA, students and families are invited to attend FAFSA Day, Oct. 29, at UNC Asheville.
The location is one of 50 sites across the state where students can get help. To find other locations in Western North Carolina, visit CFNC.org/FAFSAday or call 866-866-CFNC. Pre-registration is encouraged for FAFSA Day.”
Read the whole story at Asheville Citizen-Times.
“The free FAFSA Day is taking place earlier than in years past, according to Joey Trogdon, assistant director of financial aid and veterans affairs for RCC, because of federal regulation changes.Â On FAFSA Day, college financial aid officers and other volunteers will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms over the internet. FAFSA Day is a program offered by College Foundation of North Carolina and the N.C.
“Students applying for financial aid need to remember a new important date – Oct. 1. That is now the day students can begin submitting their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Based on changes passed in 2015, this year and every year going forward, students will be able to file their 2017-18 FAFSA starting on Oct. 1. In the past, the financial aid application was not available until January first.”
“Students returning or entering into college in fall 2017 can start applications for federal and state financial aid as early as Saturday — an earlier date than in past years. Previously students had to wait until the first of the year to begin the process. ”
Read the complete article at Star News Online.