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- Provide information about typical tuition for two- and four-year colleges, and public and private institutions.
- Explain types of financial aid available, including grants, loans, scholarships, tax credits, and work-study programs.
- Encourage students and parents to use a tool to forecast financial aid eligibility.
- Develop workshops to introduce federal and state grants and eligibility requirements, local and regional scholarship sources, and websites for scholarship opportunities.
- Use school website or newsletter to provide financial aid information.
- Provide parent sessions on financial aid and college entry and invite parents to informal social gatherings to discuss how they can help students complete the financial aid process.
- Offer child care to make it easier for parents to attend.
- Explain that the FAFSA helps determine eligibility for federal loans and grants, state grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid.
- Help students understand what happens after submitting the FAFSA, including the student aid report and financial aid package.
- Encourage families to meet one-on-one with trained volunteers to receive help completing the FAFSA.
- Provide counseling to students with complex financial questions, including guidance on the Student Aid Profile, award letter, or financial aid decisions.
Cents and Sensibility
Financial aid makes college affordable and accessible, especially for first-generation students and students from low-income families. However, they may lack knowledge of financial aid or find the application
process and forms daunting. Click on the image above for resources to increase families’ financial awareness, help students apply for financial aid, and raise expectations for college attendance.