#10: Understand How to Apply for Financial Aid
Students should use FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to apply for financial aid (for the following academic year) beginning October 1. For high school students, that is in fall of their senior year.
Go to Federal Student Aid’s How Financial Aid Works to learn all you need to know about the federal financial aid process, including eligibility requirements and how financial aid works. Each student (as well as the parent who will sign the student’s FAFSA) will need an FSA ID to log into and sign FAFSA. There is no need to wait until October 1 to create your FSA ID. Go to Create Account to create your FSA ID. You will need your social security number and your own mobile phone number and/or email address.
For advice from a college funding expert on maximizing financial aid, see Kalman A. Chany’s Paying for College Without Going Broke which is available for check out from CCPL’s collection.
And be sure to check out our College Bound Series events this fall! You can find them on our Event Calendar!