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Paying for College: Find the Money You Need

Scholarships, FAFSA and Financial Responsibiltiy

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Paying for College
Types of Financial Aid
Free money for college is money you receive that you won’t have to pay back, as opposed to a loan. Typically, this free money comes in the form of either a scholarship, fellowship, or grant.
Scholarships and Fellowships
To qualify for federal student aid you must submit the...
At College
Fulfill any requirements (grades,community service, meetings with advisors)
Keep up on documents that may be needed
Get a part-time job or paid internship
Don't spend money frivolously
Continue your scholarship search
Need-based
Merit-based
Need-based means that your family's financial resources-as measured by a formula established by the federal government-are not sufficient to cover your educational costs.
Merit-based includes a variety of categories: academic, artistic, athletic, etc.
A student with extensive assets and income is just as entitled to a merit-based award as a student with limited assets and income.
Grants
Typically merit-based
Often requires an application, essay, etc.
Comes from private organizations and schools
Typically need-based
Usually comes from the government but can come from the state or university
www.fafsa.ed.gov
What You Need
FSAID (each student and one parent)
Social Security Number
Drivers License Number
Federal tax returns
Records of untaxed income like child support
Information on cash, savings, and checking account balances
Investments including stock,bonds, and real estate
Before you Begin
Oct 1 to June 30
Apply as soon as possible
Takes about 45 minutes to complete
Be accurate
Need Help?
Call 1-800-4FED-AID
College Goal FAFSA (hosted at your school!)
FAFSA nights throughout October-December hosted by NACRC
Ask your counselor!
Application Process
1. Create your FSAID at fsaid.ed.gov
2. Student demographic Info
3. Student background and schools
4. Dependent vs. Independent
5. Parent personal info
6. Parent income taxes and additional finances
7. Student income taxes and additional finances
8. Sign with FSAID and submit
What Happens Next?
You will receive an estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
72 hours later you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR)
SAR is sent to colleges and state
Follow-up on any additional material schools or state may need
Financial Aid Packages
Schools send out Financial Aid Packages which include:
Grants
Loans
Scholarships
Work-study
Financial Aid Packages do not include:
Private and State scholarships
Save in Parents' Names
Pay Off Debt
Maximize your 401(k) and IRA
Other Sources of Money
Community Service
Institutional
State
Work-Study
AmeriCorps
Peace Corps
Teach for America
University financial aid office
WUE
Department of study financial aid
Club/Organization aid
AzGrants.Gov
-AzLEAP-grant
Residency Requirements
Purpose
Completing the FAFSA allows you to be considered for the greatest amount of financial aid from federal, state and college sources — and it’s free to fill out!
Where to Go First
Free Money for College
unigo.com
scholarshipamerica.org
check with universities you are applying to
Get Started!
Popular Grants
Pell Grant
FSEOG
TEACH
Institutional Grants
Not Free Money: Loans
Loans typically are not free money. In most cases they will need to be repaid within 10 years of graduation, unless you qualify for loan forgiveness.
Perkins Loan
PLUS Loan
Direct Subsidized (does not accrue interest while student is in school)
Direct Unsubsidized Loan (accrues interest as soon as loan is taken out)
Private Loans (Banks and Credit Unions)
The FWS Program provides jobs to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help them pay for education-related expenses.

You MUST complete a FAFSA to see if you are eligible!
Savings
529 savings plan
Private
Your employer/parent's employer
Organizations and professional associations
Helpful Tips
The federal government will expect students to contribute a higher percentage of their income to college expenses than their parents. So keep that 529 plan and any other investments in your parents’ names to maximize your federal aid opportunities.
The federal government is going to consider what you have, not what you owe, when they determine your financial aid award. Liquidate some of your assets to pay off debt, and you may see a boost in aid.
Funds in accounts set aside for retirement will not be counted by the federal government when they determine your aid package. Move any extra funds into these accounts at least two years prior to filling out the FAFSA.
While in High School
Keep a high
GPA
Get the best
ACT/SAT
possible
Obtain
college credits
while in high school
Get involved
in school and community
Apply to a number of colleges to see what kinds of aid you are offered!
Compare Packages
Right Before College
Make a budget with your family
Save graduation gift money
Accept FWS
The FAFSA is key to being considered for financial aid including:
Grants
Work-Study
Loans
Phone:928-523-1803
Email: nacrc@nau.edu
www.nau.edu/nacrc
Financial Aid
helps make college possible for students & families

Here is what you need to know to get the most funding for college...
Consult your
High School Counselor
or
University's Financial Aid Office.

Schedule an appointment and they will help you find the money you need.

Be prepared to do work on your own, as well
.
*Tax Deferred
* Earns Interest
*Portable from State to State
*10% withdraw fee if not used for college
Why Should I Complete the FAFSA?
INFORMED DECISIONS- This is NOT a loan application! It is your first step to your financial aid process

INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF ATTENDING AND COMPLETING- 90% of high school senors who complete FAFSA attend a college directly from high school (National Center for Education Statistics)

PLAN B- You never know what can happen

SCHOLARSHIPS- some scholarships require a FAFSA on file to be eligible.

ADMISSIONS EDGE- Admissions officers know that students hoping for aid who don't submit FAFSA to the college are less likely to enroll.
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