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Financial Aid - FAFSA® Form Becomes Available October 1 - Apply Early!

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education rewards over $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds to more than 13 million students. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the only way to apply for federal, state, and college aid. It is completely free and it typically takes ONLY 30 minutes to complete. Students may submit their FAFSA starting October 1st of their senior year. Many schools offer money on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the sooner one applies, the better. 
 
Grants
Grants are financial aid that does not need repaid. The most common grant is the Pell Grant which is currently capped at $6,095. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, there is a high probability that you will receive some amount of the Pell Grant. There are many other grants that you may qualify for as well.
 
Loans
Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. Two common types of loans from FAFSA are unsubsidized or subsidized. Subsidized loans are available to students with financial need. Interest does not accrue until you start making payments, six (6) months after graduation. Unsubsidized loans are available to all students regardless of financial need. However, interest starts to accrue the second the money is disbursed.
 
Work Study
Work Study is a work program through which one earns money to help pay for school. It is typically part time employment. One can work on campus or off campus at a non-profit organization. One must demonstrate financial need to qualify and the college one attends must participate in the Federal Work Study Program.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Seniors may apply for Federal Financial Aid on October 1. Students should apply as soon as possible. To be given the greatest consideration for aid, check with student’s future school’s priority deadlines:
 
 
  * Check with each school's Financial Aid Office. 
** If your college isn’t listed, check their website.
 
Each student and parent will need an FSA ID which can be obtained prior to October 1. Students can view the flyers below regarding the steps involved:
 
  
Beginning October 1, students can log in and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This determines a student’s eligibility for federal grants, work-study, and loan programs. The FAFSA is often used to determine state and institutional aid as well.
 
Once completed, students should hear back from the U.S. Department of Education in a couple of weeks. Students will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report). Any necessary changes can be made on the FAFSA website.
 
Students may be asked by one or more schools to verify information submitted on the FAFSA. Simply complete the paperwork and send it back to the school(s) as soon as possible.
 
Students will receive award letters from each college that received the student’s FAFSA information. The letter will address the financial aid package students could receive by that school. The financial aid package may include grants, work study, and loans. It may also show scholarships from that school that students would be awarded.  
 
*** There are many scholarship search sites out there if you are interested in looking for more scholarships. Remember, you should not pay any money for a search.
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