It’s never too early to start saving money for college. We want all families to be prepared to handle the rising college by saving early and consistently. No matter how little you save, every cent makes a different in affording your student’s higher education. Counselors assist students in achieving future academic and career goals and funding their college dreams. Students are encouraged to meet with their counselors early and often to discuss scholarship searches and funding for quality post-secondary credentials. Counselors are trained to assist students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
When it comes to paying for school, you’re not alone. Grants, work-study, and low interest loans help make college affordable. Financial aid is available from a variety of sources for college, career school, graduate school and professional/technical school. Federal student aid includes:
Grants – Grants are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based. They can come from the federal government, state government, your college or a private or non-profit organization. Occasionally you might have to pay back part or all of a grant if, for example, you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a quarter.
Scholarships – Scholarship are also free money that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships are often merit-based. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. Find and apply for as many scholarships as you can! Check with your school’s Career Center for op