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Paying for College Night, December 2, 2014, 6:30 pm, C120
   Learn more about Financial Aid, FAFSA and CAL Grant.
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Cash for College Workshop, January 14, 2015, 6:00 pm, Library
   Receive assistance on filling out the FAFSA
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The cost of going to college is a concern for parents and students. The following will give you some basic information about financial aid to help meet the challenge of paying for college.

Costs of going to college

Four factors that influence cost:

1) Geography: Location influences the cost of living, e.g., housing, food, and transportation. You should consider the cost of traveling from home to college. Estimate the number of trips you may take home during college years. Some colleges allow cars on campus with the additional cost of parking fees.

2) Type of School: Public schools are generally less expensive than private schools. However, attending an out-of-state public institution may be just as expensive as a private school. Tuition charges help pay for the cost of instruction. Some colleges charge fees in addition to tuition. Check college websites for information on tuition and fees. All college textbooks must be purchased. Book costs can add up to a few hundred dollars each year. Finding used textbooks at a campus bookstore can help reduce book costs. Or books may be rented for the term or found as electronic books online.

3) Housing: On-campus housing provides room and board; off campus living involves budgeting for rent, transportation and food. The cost for students to live on campus is significantly higher than living at home. Check college websites for on-campus room and board costs. Personal expenses must be included in the cost of college. Most costs will depend upon the student's individual lifestyle. Entertainment and transportation are a few. Some necessary expenses might include computers, clothing, and personal items.

4) Length of Time: The longer you attend school, the more it costs. Try to finish in four years. 


Do I qualify for financial aid?

You must have "need" to qualify for financial aid. College costs minus your family contribution equals your financial need. Your expected family contribution (EFC) is determined from the information you submit on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some factors involved in estimating family contribution are the income, assets, and age of your parents, as well as the number of children in the family. You can estimate your EFC by using the Financial Aid Calculator found on www.collegeboard.com/paying.

There are "no-need" scholarships available at some colleges. After filing the FAFSA, the College Financial Aid Office will put together a financial aid package. Many private colleges have a great deal of money to offer students with financial needs.

The FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification Forms must be completed to allow students to be eligible for federal, state, or university grants, scholarships, loans, and work study programs.Grants, awarded by universities, do not have to be paid back. Scholarships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement, community service, special talents and other personal characteristics. They are available from universities, community organizations, foundations, corporations, etc. Loans are available to students and parents at all family income levels. Work Study enables students to work on or off campus. The wages for work-study are subsidized by the Federal or State government or by the university. In addition to these four types of financial aid, many campuses offer deferred payment plans, which spread payment over time rather than requiring the full amount at one time. Make sure you contact the college or university Financial Aid Office for more information. Men 18 years or older must be registered with the selective service in order to receive federal financial aid. Students may register at any post office or online at www.sss.gov.

 


Applications Needed To Apply For Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid 2014  (pdf document)
Overview of the applications, with links to "Fund Your Future Work Book" and various financial aid websites. 

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This form is needed to apply for federal financial aid for all universities and colleges. The filing period for California is January 1 to March 2. Private universities may have earlier deadlines. Check the financial aid instructions for each school.

Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  You may print a paper copy of the FAFSA to use as a worksheet.

GPA Verification Form for the 2014-2015 School Year  (Link to form)

This form, in addition to the FAFSA, is needed to qualify for a Cal Grant, which will be used for California schools only. The filing period is January 1 to March 2. Instructions for filling out the GPA Verification Form - Using black ink, fill out your name and the School Code (050970). Please submit this form to Mrs. Castillou in the Career Center who will enter this information electronically for you. 

CSS/Financial Aid Profile Online at CollegeBoard.com

This form is used to apply for non-federal financial aid for selected private universities, colleges, and/or scholarship programs. The schools and programs that use this form are listed on the college Board website. It is important to check the financial aid instructions provided by each university or program to determine if you need to use the CSS Profile. To apply for federal financial aid, the FAFSA will still need to be filled out. It is important to file your CSS Profile as early as possible. For Early Decision Applicants, it is recommended you file the CSS Profile in October.

BE SURE TO:

  • Read the instructions on all forms carefully before answering any questions.
  • List 6 schools you are applying to using the Federal School Codes available on the internet at www.ed.gov/studentaid or in the Career Center and public libraries.
  • Add your additional schools on the SAR, if you are applying to more than 6 schools. (See information on SAR below)
  • File the FAFSA on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov . Completing the on-line FAFSA will shorten the processing time from weeks to days and will reduce the possibility of making an error.
  • Keep copies of all papers you are signing and submitting, Print out a copy of everything you file online.
  • If mailing paper copies, obtain a Certificate of Mailing for each document before mailing at the US Post Office. This will insure that you have mailed your documents on or before their deadlines. Mail the FAFSA and GPA Verification Forms separately. The mailing address for each is different.
  • Watch for the Student Aid Report (SAR). This form will be mailed to you approximately 4 weeks after you submit the FAFSA. Check all the numbers and figures on this form and make corrections as needed.

 

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