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How do I ask for financial aid from colleges?

Hey guys, I'm a junior and I know that paying for college can be a big challenge. I'm not sure how to go about asking for financial aid or what the process is like. Can anyone give me some advice or share their experience with applying for financial aid? Thanks in advance!

11 months ago

Hey there! I understand that paying for college can be a concern for many families, so it's great that you're thinking about financial aid early on. The process can seem daunting, but it's actually quite manageable once you know what steps to take. My child went through the process, and here's what we learned along the way.

First, you'll want to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available on October 1st of your senior year. This form is used to determine your eligibility for federal aid, including grants, loans, and work-study programs. It's important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible because some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Next, check if the colleges you're applying to require the CSS Profile. This is another financial aid application used by many private colleges and universities to award their institutional aid. The CSS Profile typically becomes available around the same time as the FAFSA.

Lastly, research and apply for scholarships, which can come from various sources, such as your school, community organizations, or private foundations. Many scholarships have different eligibility criteria and application deadlines, so it's crucial to stay organized and meet all the requirements.

I hope this information helps you as you navigate the financial aid process. Best of luck!

11 months ago

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