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Financial Aid Overview

Financial Aid Overview. Grants Loans Employment Opportunities Scholarships. What is Financial Aid?. Money given, paid, or borrowed to help pay for college Types: Gift Aid – Grants and Scholarships Self-Help Aid – Loans (repayment obligation) Work-Study (job opportunities).

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Financial Aid Overview

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  1. Financial Aid Overview Grants Loans Employment Opportunities Scholarships

  2. What is Financial Aid? Money given, paid, or borrowed to help pay for college Types: Gift Aid – Grants and Scholarships Self-Help Aid – Loans (repayment obligation) Work-Study (job opportunities)

  3. True or False? • Students with the highest GPA’s receive all the aid • Our income is too high so we should not bother to apply • My sibling did not qualify so neither will I • I plan to attend the college offering the most aid • Cost is the only way to compare colleges • Deadlines are not important, just send your information when you can

  4. Role of the Financial Aid Office • Determines aid eligibility using federal formula • Packages aid depending on availability of funds • Sends award notification including: - Award amount for each program for which student is eligible - Disbursement methods & time frames - Terms & conditions of each award

  5. Application Process • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1st • Campus based federal aid awarded on “first-come, first-served” basis • New York State students attending a college located in New York State must complete a separate Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application

  6. FAFSA on the Web • Web site: www.fafsa.ed.gov • 2010-2011 FAFSA on the Web available on January 1, 2010 • FAFSA on the Web Worksheet: - Used as “pre-application” worksheet - Questions follow order of FAFSA on the Web • Upon submission of the FAFSA, NY State residents are directed to a TAP application website

  7. FAFSA on the Web Continued: • Good reasons to file electronically: - Built-in edits to help prevent costly errors - Skip-logic allows student and/or parent to skip unnecessary questions - More timely submission of original application & any necessary corrections - More detailed instructions & “help” for common questions - Ability to check application status on-line - Simplified renewal application process

  8. PIN Registration • Web site: www. pin.ed.gov • Can request PIN before Jan. 1, 2010 • Not required, but speeds processing • May be used by students & parents throughout aid process, including subsequent school years

  9. CAUTION ! • Avoid being charged a fee to file the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid - Completion & processing of the FAFSA are FREE - If filing via FAFSA on the Web, be sure to go directly to www.fafsa.ed.gov - Contact financial aid office for help completing the FAFSA

  10. Definition of Need Cost of Attendance (COA) - Expected family contribution (EFC) ------------------------------------------------ = Need Federal Methodology is the formula created by Congress to determine the EFC.

  11. Cost of Attendance • Tuition • Room and meals • Mandatory fees • Books, supplies, & specific curriculum costs • Loan fees • Personal expenses • Transportation

  12. Federal Pell Grants • Awarded to eligible undergraduates pursuing first associates or baccalaureate degrees • Actual award amount based on EFC and enrollment status (full vs. part time) • Proposed maximum award for 2010-2011 is $5,550.

  13. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) • Additional funding for Pell recipients • Amounts vary between $100 and $4000 per year, depending upon availability • Limited funding per campus

  14. Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) • First & second year undergraduate students • Federal Pell Grant recipient • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen • Completed rigorous secondary school program • Award amounts: - $750 first year students - $1300 second year students – must maintain a 3.0 GPA

  15. National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant • Third and fourth year undergraduate students • Federal Pell Grant recipient • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen • Eligible major • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA • Award amount: $4,000 for 3rd & 4th year of study

  16. Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) • Grant available to NYS residents attending full time at a NYS college or university • Based solely upon NYS net taxable income • Minimum awards: $500/academic year • Maximum awards: Full tuition at a SUNY college; $5,000/year at a private college • Maximum semesters of eligibility: 6 for an associates; 8 for a bachelors • Part-Time TAP is available for eligible students enrolled in 3 to 11 credit hours

  17. New York State Scholarships NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence: based upon grades on Regents exams; $1500 to the top graduating senior of each NYS high school; $500 to other academically gifted students New York Lottery – Leaders of Tomorrow: awarded to one student from each high school; must demonstrate leadership skills, experience in extracurricular activities and community service

  18. Additional NYS Scholarships • Flight 3407 and Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships • NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive • NYS Memorial Scholarship for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers, and Emergency Medical Service Workers • NYS Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship • NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship • Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship

  19. Stafford Loans • Subsidized: Federal government pays interest; Based on “need” • Unsubsidized: Student is responsible for interest; Not based on “need” • Maximum annual loan limits (combined subsidized and unsubsidized) for 2010-2011: - $5,500 for first year undergraduates - $6,500 for second year undergraduates - $7,500 for each remaining undergraduate year

  20. Stafford Loans Continued • Current fixed interest rate of 6.8% for unsubsidized Stafford Loans • Maximum interest rate of 8.25% • Loan fees based on principal amount : 1.5% origination fee & insurance premium • Repayment begins after 6 mo. grace period • Maximum repayment period between 10 & 30 years depending on repayment plan chosen • Deferment & cancellation provisions available

  21. Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students(PLUS) • Loan program for parents of dependent undergraduate students • Annual loan limit: COA minus other aid • Current fixed interest rate: 8.5%; Maximum: 9.0% • Loan fees based on principal amount of loan: Up to 3% origination fee & 1% insurance premium • Repayment begins 60 days after loan is fully disbursed for parent borrowers

  22. Federal Perkins Loans • Priority to students who show “exceptional need” • Maximum annual award amount is $4,000 • Level interest rate of 5% • Grace period of 9 months • Repayment period may be up to 10 years • Deferment and cancellation provisions available

  23. Alternative Loans • A private, non-federal loan made by a commercial lender • Viewed as a source of additional funding after the student has exhausted all other resources, such as Stafford, Perkins, and/or PLUS loans • Eligibility Requirements: - Applicant must be 18 years of age & a US citizen or eligible non-citizen - Enrolled on at least a half-time basis - Applicant must be creditworthy or apply with a creditworthy co-signer • Maximum loan amount = Cost of attendance – other financial aid

  24. Federal Work-Study (FWS) • A portion of federal financial aid and therefore based upon eligibility • Receive a paycheck, not a credit toward their semester charges • Students may choose between on-campus employment or off-campus community service • Employment not only serves as a means of providing additional funding but also provides a source of work experience for future employers

  25. Other Government Resources • Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps) http://www.americorps.gov • Veteran’s benefits http://www.gibill.va.gov • ROTC scholarships or stipends • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grants • State Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation (VESID) • Heath & Human Services (HHS) Bureau of Health Professions http://www.bhpr.hrsa.gov/dsa

  26. Other Resources • Local businesses and civic organizations • Church affiliations • Parents’ and students’ employers • Academic, athletic, and other talent-based scholarships and grants

  27. Avoid Being Scammed To check legitimacy of scholarship search services or individuals, for information about financial aid scams, and tips to avoid being scammed visit these Web sites: - U.S. Department of Education: www.studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/lsa/index.html - Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/publs/alerts/ouchart.htm - Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.com

  28. Private Scholarship Search FREE Internet scholarship search engines: - FinAid on the Web: www.finaid.org - College Board: www.collegeboard.com - FastWeb: www.fastweb.monster.com - Scholarship Resource Network Express: www.srnexpress.com - GoCollege: The Collegiate Websource: www.gocollege.com

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