Financial Aid Resources for Post-High School Education
Teachable Moment- Financial Aid Discussion with Your Child
How can I help my child determine how to finance his or her college education?
- Sit down with your child to discuss all the financial aid opportunities and resources available.
- Talk with your child's school guidance counselor to get more information about merit-based scholarships, grants and private scholarships.
- Check with the colleges that your child is applying to for more information about the financial assistance they offer, and the required applications and forms that your child must turn in to be considered for financial aid.
- Contact your state's higher education office.
- Go to the reference section of your public library to find information about financial assistance.
After researching, help your child make a list of all financial aid resources that he or she wishes to consider and apply for. This list should include:
- Your Family's Contribution;
- Federal and State Loans; and
- Federal/State Grants and Scholarships
What Additional Resources Should my Child Consider for Financial Aid?
For more information:
Federal Financial Aid Programs go to: The Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp or call 1-800-4-Fed-Aid (1-800-433-3243).
State Financial Aid Programs contact your state's higher education agency at: http://www.students.gov/STUGOVWebApp/Public?topicID=24&operation=topic.
Volunteer/Service Programs Americorps at: http://www.americorps.org/ or call 1-800-424-8580
Merchant Marine Academy call 1-866-546-4778
Free scholarship and grant resources include:
- College is Possible: http://www.collegeispossible.org
- College Board's Pay for College:http://www.collegeboard.com/pay/
- FastAid http://www.fastaid.com
- FastWeb http://www.fastweb.com
- Peterson's Financial Aid: http://www.petersons.com/finaid/
There are also additional scholarship and grant search services on the Internet that require payment that you and your child may want to consider.
Reprinted with the permission of the U.S. Department of Education.
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