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What You Need to Know About Financial Aid

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  1. What You Need to Know About Financial Aid

  2. Topics We Will Discuss Today • What is financial aid • Categories, types, and sources of financial aid • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) • Changes with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid • Florida State University 2009 Awareness Campaign

  3. What is Financial Aid? Financial aid is funds provided to students and families to help pay for postsecondary educational expenses

  4. Categories of Financial Aid • Need-based • Non need-based

  5. Types of Financial Aid • Scholarships • Money that does not have to be paid back • Awarded on the basis of merit, skill, or a unique characteristic • Grants • Money thatdoes not have to be paid back • Usually awarded on the basis of financial need

  6. Types of Aid Continued: • Loans • Money students and parents borrow to help pay educational expenses • Repayment usually begins after education is finished • Only borrow what is really needed • Look at loans as an investment in the future • Employment • Allows student to earn money to help pay educational costs • A paycheck

  7. Sources of Financial Aid • Federal government • States • Institutional • Private sources • Civic organizations and churches • Employers

  8. Federal Government • Largest source of financial aid • Aid awarded primarily on the basis of financial need • Must apply every year using the FAFSA

  9. Common Federal Aid Programs • Federal Pell Grant • Academic Competitiveness Grant • National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant • TEACH Grant • Federal Perkins Loan • Federal Work-Study • Stafford Loans • PLUS Loans • Grad Plus Loan

  10. State of Florida Aid Programs: • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship • Florida Student Assistance Grant or Florida Resident Assistance Grant • Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship • First Generation Matching Grant • Apply at: www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/

  11. Private Sources • Foundations, businesses, charitable organizations • Deadlines and application procedures vary widely • Begin researching private aid sources early

  12. Civic Organizations and Churches • Research what is available in community • To what organizations and churches does student and family belong? • Application process usually begin fall of senior year • Small scholarships add up!

  13. Employers • Companies may have scholarships available to the children of employees • Companies may have educational benefits for their employees

  14. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) • A standard form that collects demographic and financial information about the student and family • File electronically • Schools and Libraries have public computers • Available in English and Spanish

  15. FAFSA • Information used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution or EFC • The amount of money a student and his or her family may reasonably be expected to contribute towards the cost of the student’s education for an academic year • Colleges use EFC to award financial aid

  16. FAFSA • May be filed at any time during an academic year, but no earlier than the January 1st prior to the academic year for which the student requests aid • For the 2009-10 academic year, the FAFSA may be filed beginning January 1, 2009 • Colleges may set FAFSA filing deadlines

  17. FAFSA on the Web Good reasons to file electronically: • Built-in edits to prevent costly errors • Skip-logic allows student and/or parent to skip unnecessary questions • More timely submission of original application and any necessary corrections • More detailed instructions and “help” for common questions • Ability to check application status on-line • Simplified renewal application process • Schools receive information generally within 3-5 days

  18. Federal Student Aid PIN • Web site: www.pin.ed.gov • Sign FAFSA electronically • Can request PIN before January 1, 2009 • Not required, but speeds processing • May be used by students and parents throughout aid process, including subsequent school years • Student and parents will need to apply separately for pin

  19. FAFSA on the Web • Web site: www.fafsa.ed.gov • 2009-10 FAFSA on the Web available on January 1, 2009 • FAFSA on the Web Worksheet: • Use as “pre-application” worksheet • Questions follow order of FAFSA on the Web

  20. Signatures • Required • Student • One parent (dependent students) • Format • Electronic using PIN • Signature page

  21. Frequent FAFSA Errors • Signature missing • Social Security Number Errors • Divorced/remarried parental information • Income earned by parents/stepparents • Untaxed income • U.S. income taxes paid • Household size • Number of household members in college • Real estate and investment net worth

  22. FAFSA Processing Results Central Processing System (CPS) notifies student of FAFSA processing results by: • Paper Student Aid Report (SAR) if paper FAFSA was filed and student’s e-mail address was not provided

  23. FAFSA Processing Results • CPS notifies student of FAFSA processing results by: • E-mail notification containing a direct link to student’s on-line SAR if student’s e-mail was provided on paper or electronic FAFSA • Student with PIN may view SAR on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov

  24. FAFSA Processing Results • Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) sent to colleges listed on FAFSA approximately 3-5 days after FAFSA submitted (if all signatures are present). • College reviews ISIR • May request additional documentation, such as copies of federal tax returns

  25. Student Aid Report • Review data for accuracy • Update estimated information when actual figures are available

  26. Making Corrections If necessary, corrections to FAFSA data may be made by: • Using FAFSA on the Web (www.fafsa.ed.gov) if student has a PIN; • Updating paper SAR (SAR Information Acknowledgement cannot be used to make corrections); or • Submitting documentation to college’s financial aid office

  27. Special Circumstances • Cannot report on FAFSA • Send explanation to financial aid office at each college • College will review special circumstances • Request additional documentation • Decisions are final and cannot be appealed to U.S. Department of Education

  28. Special Circumstances • Change in employment status • Medical expenses not covered by insurance • Change in parent marital status • Unusual dependent care expenses

  29. Follow Up: • Always contact your schools financial aid office to check the status of your application, awards, and if additional documentation is needed.

  30. Summary of Changes to FAFSA for 2009-2010 • FAFSA Redesign • New Questions for Dependency Status (foster, homeless, legal guardian, emancipated minor) • Dependency Override Transactions Performed by Another School • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculation • Reporting 529 College Fund Assets • Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) Revisions • Incomplete Web Application Notification Process • Students who are unable to provide parental data will be able to submit their application through FAFSA on the Web – must be reviewed and approved by institution – unsubsidized Stafford Loan eligibility only • Special Circumstance – always an option for changes in income, etc. Contact school.

  31. Florida State University Awareness Campaign 2009 • FREE Service to students and parent • Information obtained can be used at any school • Assistance to students and parents with completion of the FAFSA • Scholarship research tips • SIGN UP TODAY!

  32. Questions?