FAFSA

FAFSA: How to Get Free Money for College

A FAFSA application waiting to be filled out next to a computer and free money.

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,

Financial Aid Scams Trick Local Families into Paying for Scholarships

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.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Package

Financial Aid Package

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,

What Can Earn You a Scholarship?

Scholarship Opportunities

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 is, money you don’t have to pay back. Read on to learn the main types of scholarships, and how to find them!

Academic

Most people know that your academic performance can earn you scholarships.

College aid changes take effect; applicants can get help on FAFSA

“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.’”

Students can apply for financial aid earlier this year

FAFSA Day

“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.

RCC Hosts FAFSA Day October 29; It’s Earlier This Year

FAFSA

 

“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. 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.

Student loan changes: FAFSA available October 1

“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.”

Four Tools To Help You Pay for College (Part One)

Families are often concerned about the cost of college, but there are many tools to help families be prepared. Money spent for higher education is an investment in the student’s future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the more education a student has beyond high school, the higher his or her future income is likely to be.

However, few families will have money in hand to pay the entire cost of college for a student.