The process of picking the right college or university is stressful all on its own. The process does not end once you apply and get accepted. For most the next step is Financial Aid. For many students and parents of first year students, financial aid may be the hardest part of the map to navigate. You look at the cost of college and then peek at your bank account and you wonder, “…how in the world will you make this work?”
Do not fear, when there is a will, there is a way.
The first step of the Financial Aid process is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. The FAFSA is a federally required form for students seeking federal financial aid for higher education. Financial Aid includes grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work-study. Without filling out the FAFSA students and their families would be responsible for paying tuition in full.
So how do you get started?
For seniors waiting to hear back on their acceptance to colleges, many times high school guidance counselors can help with filling out the application. For students who have already been accepted into a college, the school’s financial aid office is there to assist every step of the way.
If these two starting options do not seem satisfying, there are several FAFSA days across the country set in place as a one-stop shop to answer any questions, to also guide you through the process.
What is a FAFSA day you ask?
FAFSA day is a volunteer-driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA. When and where? Quick, sign you up? I hear ya! FAFSA days vary throughout the states. Fisher College will be hosting the first of two FAFSA Days on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. To learn more and to find the nearest location and date visit www.fafsaday.org. Wherever you are from, if college is the next step for you or your student, there are resources to help you along the way.
Navigating the crazy road we call the first year of college, from application to the first day of classes, and everything else in between could be very confusing for many first-year students and their families. The cost of college mixed in with the emotions of a new chapter of life can become very stressful. Financial Aid is a resource to help alleviate the stress tuition can have on ones pockets.
As for the emotional stress caused by your little baby growing up? Well, I’m sure there are many parents that have felt the same way as you, a quick search on the web and I’m certain you’ll find blogs written by expert empty nest parents who can guide you step by step through that particular rollercoaster.