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).
Every parent wants their child to be accepted by the school of their dreams and to have the ability to pay for it. For most families, cost is a huge factor in choosing a college. Figuring out how to pay for higher education can be confusing. That’s because there are many factors to consider, including how much it will cost to attend each school and how much your family can afford to pay. Understanding the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is important in this process.
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 is one of the tools that makes higher education possible for many students. It may mean being able to continue your education when you otherwise would not be able or being able to attend the school of your choice despite higher tuition costs.
Financial aid includes:
How to develop a college budget and still have some fun!
Heading to college is one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re about to start the shift from dependence on home and high school resources to greater independence in all areas of your life. If you’re like many young adults, this is the first time that you’ll be experiencing life without the constant oversight of your parents.
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,
Six North Carolina Students Win $500 to Put Toward College Expenses
May 2017 (Raleigh, N.C.) – College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) was proud to sponsor the #CollegeBound Drawing on the CFNC Facebook page during the month of April. Six lucky high school seniors from North Carolina were drawn from the pool of entrants and each received $500 to put toward their higher education.
According to a study done by Georgetown University, 70 percent of college students work at least part-time while getting a bachelor’s degree. But for some students, working part- or full-time during the school year can spell trouble for their grades and make it hard to keep up with their classes. There are many pros and cons to holding a job during college, so that has to be something you discuss with your financial aid office and consider when planning your college budget.
“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.