There are many websites that can help you research and learn about the financial aid process and options for financing the cost of college. The FAFSA is the primary tool students use to apply for all government funded grants, work study and loans, as well as some scholarships. Students can apply with the FAFSA beginning on OCTOBER 1 of the year they wish to begin college. The priority deadline is dependent on the college- please check with each one.
We host a Financial Aid Night at USC each year. This year it will be on Monday, October 2 at 5:30pm in the auditorium.
Join us for Zinch's most popular annual webinar, How to Complete the FAFSA. Jodi Okun from College Financial Aid Advisors and A Parent's Guide to Making College More Affordable will give a thorough line-by-line reading of the FAFSA application. High school seniors and their parents/guardians are highly encouraged to register for this free webinar. All registrants will receive a video recording of the presentation so live attendance is not required but certainly encouraged as there will be a Q&A session with Jodi. Please go toZinch.com/webinar to register for How to Complete the FAFSA and any of Zinch's other free webinars!
This following NEW website was designed to combine multiple resources related to Financial Aid:
There are workshops in our area to help families complete the FAFSA online. Visit this site for information.
Scholarships are another option to help fund education beyond high school. Many scholarship deadlines are imminent so students are encouraged to begin their searches and applications as soon as possible. Students can access Federal Student Aid's free scholarship search at:
GovBenefits.gov is the official Web site of the U.S. Government. This easy-to-use site provides access and information to more than 1,000 benefit and assistance programs that you can access 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Programs include: Pell Grants, PLUS Parent Loans, Federal Work-Study. Visit the following link to search this site now.
A fast and free resource on college funding, financial aid and student loans, including 100+ articles on paying for college is available at the following site. A discussion forum for parents with tips and lessons learned is also included here.
Hyperlinks to many other helpful sites are listed below. You are encouraged to explore all of your financial aid options and to learn more about what aid you may qualify for. See the HS Counselor if you have questions or need assistance.
Students are also encouraged to visit the scholarships link on the USCHS Counselor's page.