merit aid

Should I complete the FAFSA? I don’t think I’ll qualify for financial aid.

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First: Use the FAFSA4Caster to see where you stand regarding financial aid eligibility.

Then, as daunting as the process sounds, it is worth the effort to complete the FAFSA even if you don’t think you will qualify for aid for three reasons.

1.  Some schools require that the FAFSA (and CSS Profile) be filed in order for the student to be considered for MERIT Aid. —It is worth a call to the Financial Aid office of the college/university to find out if the FAFSA/CSS Profile is required for students to be considered for Merit Aid AND the school’s deadline.

2.  In order to get Federal Student Loans (some which are not based on financial need), the FAFSA must be filed.

3.  In the unfortunate event that your financial position changes over the next 12 months, the FAFSA would already be on file and you would not have to wait until January of next year to file the new FAFSA.

Related Content:

Myths About Financial Aid

The Dept. of Education source for answers about Federal Student Aid

FAFSA:  Who Should Apply for Financial Aid? by Fred Amrein of College Affordability

For more Resources relating to Financing College, visit the Software/Resources page of my website.

Sandy Aprahamian, Principal, EDNavigators LLC

A Decrease in College Tuition Next Year??

What do college degrees and airline tickets have in common? Their pricing structure. Rarely do students or passengers pay the same price as their classmates or fellow passengers. With merit aid and financial aid so prevalent in higher education, few students pay the full sticker price for their degree.  Families have come to expect some sort of tuition discount.

To ease the sticker shock and attempt to make college more affordable, some small liberal arts schools have decided to either reduce tuition or lock-in the freshman tuition rate for the four years of college.

It will be interesting to see what other changes occur as a result of the high cost of higher education and the fact that it has gotten out of reach for the majority of the middle class.