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Completing the FAFSA is is the first step in the college financial aid process. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Be sure to use this website: www.fafsa.gov. Do not use any website that ends in .com or one that asks you to pay to complete the application.
The FAFSA is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. This is a required form for any student seeking federal aid. Completing the FAFSA is the single most important thing you can do to get financial assistance paying for college.
Federal student aid is awarded in the form of grants, low-interest loans, and work-study funds. Grants are typically awarded on the basis of need and generally do not have to be repaid. Many colleges require students receiving any kind of scholarship funds to complete a FAFSA. Additionally, some families complete a FAFSA in order to get access to unsubsidized federal loan funds that are not income dependent.
The FAFSA can be submitted any time after October 1 for the school year starting the fall of the next year (October 1, 2016 for the 2017-18 school year). The FAFSA is available October 1, rather than beginning on January 1, as it has been in years past. The earlier availability date will be a permanent change, enabling parents to comlete and submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 each year. Deadlines for completion vary by college, so it is important to check college websites carefully for FAFSA deadlines. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, parents will be able to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For 2017-18, FAFSA filers will report income and tax figures from two years prior: You will provide 2015 income and tax figures.
When completing the FAFSA, parents will identify colleges to receive your FAFSA report. You may submit the FAFSA to a college even if your child hasn't yet submitted his/her application for admission to the school. After filing the FAFSA, if you want your FAFSA information sent to more colleges than what you originally listed, go back to www.fafsa.gov and add additional colleges as a correction.
Expect to receive financial aid information from colleges in the spring.
To determine your approximate financial aid package, use FAFSA4caster. It is a free financial aid calculator that gives you and early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate
The Schulze Family Foundation will expand its scholarship program in 2017 adding 10 scholarships--each in the amount of $20,000--for graduates of Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. These scholarships are not designated by school and will go to the best applicants. Applicants must have finished their elementary education at a Catholic elementary school, attend an Archdiocesan Catholic high school, and meet all other requirements.
This is a $20,000 scholarship ($5000 per year for four years) targeting students who meet this criteria:
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. To apply, go to https://www.schulzefamilyfoundation.org/how_to_apply/. On the left side, click on 'Scholarship Funding' to get to information and the application.
College-specific: For most students, their best bet is scholarships offered through their college or university. Students should find out if scholarships at the schools to which they are applying require a separate application or if their application for admission ALSO serves as the application for scholarships. Students should check the admissions website of the colleges to which they have applied AND the site for the specific major they are interested in (many colleges offer major-specific scholarships). Students may also contact the Admissions Office or Financial Aid Office of a college to ask about additional scholarships.
Local: Seniors should check Family Connection. When logged in to Family Connection, click on the 'Colleges' tab. Scroll down to 'Scholarships & Money.' Click on 'Scholarship List.' The Counseling Office posts local (and some national) scholarship information in Family Connection as it is received in our office.
Other places students may look for local scholarships: the student’s employer, their parents’ employers, civic and community organizations, local businesses, religious institutions or organizations, banks or credit unions, etc.
National: National scholarships can be found on many scholarship search sites including:fastweb.com scholarships.comscholarshipexperts.comStudentScholarships.org GoodCallhttps://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-searchhttps://mycollegedollars.hyfnrsx1.com/
Although more than 3,400 colleges and universities across the country take part in the Federal Work-Study Program, some schools award positions based on the date that students complete the FAFSA. This is a strong reason to file your FAFSA as soon as possible each year. Here is a helpful article on the Federal Work-Study Program.
Minnesota has agreements with neighboring states to provide lower tuition for Minnesota residents to attend public colleges and universities in those states. This is called reciprocity. Typically, non-resident admission fees and tuition are reduced (or eliminated) if you are a reciprocity student.
Minnesota has reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. It also has an agreement with the Canadian province of Manitoba, and a limited agreement with Iowa Lakes Community College in northwestern Iowa.
Learn more about Minnesota's 529 College Savings Plan and the Private College 529 Plan.
To determine the approximate cost of a specific college or university, use the Net Price Calculator on the school's website. Every college/university is required to have some kind of price calculator on its website. Cost estimate precision depends on what and how much information is asked for. Generally, Net Price Calculators provide trustworthy cost estimates for families.
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