You might be a high school senior (or the parent or a tutor of a senior) with a college acceptance letter in hand — congratulations! Or you might be a junior thinking about the future. Whatever the situation, it’s time to get serious about college financial aid.
The U.S. Department of Education is offering a FREE online guide for tutors and parents to help students and their families navigate the maze of applying for financial aid. You can order the free guide through a Department of Education website.
Many students might not know that they’re eligible for financial aid to attend college or career school — or how much they can receive. The 2016-17 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid focuses on federal aid programs. The new edition has updated information about website addresses, telephone numbers, and maximum award amounts for financial aid programs. The guidebook has URLs for resources such as videos, infographics, and fact sheets to help tutors, students, and families learn about financial aid. There also are updates concerning the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
Another online resource is the updated Financial Aid Toolkit, also from the U.S. Dept. of Education. Parents, students, and tutors can use the toolkit to learn about the FAFSA process, how to apply, what information is needed, and what the deadlines are. Its “Announcement” section will have have the very latest information on financial aid.
Just starting the FAFSA? Here’s the website with all the information you need.