General FAFSA Resources

This page covers frequently asked questions about student aid including how to appeal for more financial aid, understanding expected family contribution, and tip sheets and handbooks directly from Federal Student Aid.

 

 

Resource

Description

Source

2017-18 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid

A guide for those advising students about financial aid for higher education.

U.S. Department of Education

2017-18 FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation

To assist the community with the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) processing cycle, FSA is pleased to provide the following Microsoft PowerPoint presentation containing information and screen shots pertaining to the 2017-18 FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) site.

The purpose of the 2017-18 presentation is to provide financial aid administrators, mentors and counselors with screen shots that can be used as a reference tool for the 2017-18 FOTW site. Use this information for internal staff training or for high school night presentations.

Federal Student Aid – An Office of the U.S. Department of Education

College Scorecard

U.S. Education Department website where students can search and compare colleges based on programs/degrees, location, size, name and much more.

U.S. Department of Education

Evaluating College Costs and Student Financial Aid Tip Sheet

English | Spanish

Two page overview explaining the purpose of financial aid, the flaws with financial aid formulas, and the role of gift aid. Also outlines how to understand the true college costs with the net price, how to calculate net price, and the flows in net price calculators. Included are ten questions to ask the financial aid administrator.

Edvisors

Factors that Affect the Expected Family Contribution

English | Spanish

One pager outlining the impact of income and assets on federal student aid for dependent students and special treatment of 529 college savings plans on the FAFSA.

Edvisors

FAFSA vs CSS Profile Tip Sheet

English | Spanish

Table chart comparing the financial aid formula used by the FAFSA vs the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Edvisors

Federal Student Aid Resources for the 2017-18 FAFSA

A compilation of the available Federal Student Aid resources that can be used to support outreach efforts for the 2017-18 FAFSA.

U.S. Department of Education

Federal Student Aid ID Tip Sheet

One pager outlining seven important reminders about the Federal Student Aid ID.

Edvisors

Glossary of Financial Aid Terms

English | Spanish

One pager with key terms and definitions related to financial aid applications.

Edvisors

How to Appeal for More Financial Aid Tip Sheet

English | Spanish

Two page overview of how to appeal for more financial aid including a description of professional judgement, special circumstances, unusual circumstances, timing of financial aid appeals, how to request an adjustment, how successful appeals are implemented, and why a financial aid office would refuse to make an adjustment.

Edvisors

How to Host a Financial Aid Event in Your Community

Hosting a financial aid night can be a fun and rewarding undertaking. Here is an easy-to-follow 60-day outline that will assist you in throwing a successful financial aid event in your community.

U.S. Department of Education

Saving for College

English | Spanish

One pager outline why to save for college, how much to save, when to start saving, easier ways to save, college savings investment strategies, the impact of college savings on student financial aid, and prioritizing savings for college vs. retirement.

Edvisors

Strategies for Increasing Financial Aid for College Tip Sheet

English | Spanish

Two page overview with tips for increasing aid eligibility including tweaking demographic information, proofreading thoroughly, reducing income, student vs. parent assets, minimizing the impact of assets, and appealing for more financial aid.

Edvisors

 


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