Go Financial Aid often indicates that the aid process is a long and difficult one, because it can be.  We want to be up front and let students and families know this ahead of time, so there are few if any surprises later.  The FAFSA and other required documentation does involve providing lots of detailed information.  However, with a deep breath and a clear mind one can easily learn how to manage their financial aid.  Let’s discuss Financial Aid Services.

  • Research. You don’t know what’s out there for your college funding?  There are a myriad of websites and companies you can consult to find this information.  Scholarships are highly sought-after to pay for school, and websites like scholarships.com and College Board provide detailed information on countless scholarship opportunities.  Additionally, it is a great idea to learn about grants and loans from the FAFSA website.
  • FAFSA Learning. The FAFSA doesn’t have to be impossible.  Students and families can learn about the application and even practice filling it out beforehand.  To do this, simply go to the website and print the paper version of the FAFSA, grab a pen, and start writing.  In addition to practicing the form, students may also get a clear idea of what their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be with a FAFSA Calculator.  Knowing what they will be responsible for ahead of time helps students get a firm grip on what kinds of college savings they may need.
  • Financial Aid Help. Perhaps you don’t want to wade through the endless search engine results while trying to find the right scholarship or grant.  Maybe you just want to ensure that everything is correct when completing your FAFSA.  Why not?  Mistakes cost students substantial aid money.  All schools provide some variety of financial aid services, and some employ Financial Aid Advisors to assist students in the aid process.  Financial Aid Advisors can: set up a plan for you to decrease loans by increasing scholarship awards, educate you more thoroughly about specific financial aid programs and provide reassurance that a college education is affordable.

Remember too that Go Financial Aid is here to help you with the finer points of the FAFSA process.  Financial Aid Consulting is provided by qualified Financial Aid Consultants for a minimal fee.

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