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How Can the Financial Aid Office Can Be Your Best Friend

Oct 26, 2007
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1st of the year. It is important to fill this form out as soon as possible so you will meet financial aid priority deadlines. You should meet with an aid advisor at your school in order to gain a better understanding of the types of aid you are eligible to receive.

For students who's FAFSAs are received by the priority deadline, will receive first consideration for some federal and state financial programs that have limited funds by the financial aid office. Make sure who you are taking with is truly the financial aid counselor and not a student helping out. It is also good to write down their name, the date and time in front of them.

Come prepared to the office. Have a list of questions if you need any clarification. Make sure your questions are precise and write down the answers. Financial aids will host financial aid workshops on campus or in the community to give an overview of the process. Find out the schedules, be sure to attend and ask questions that are important to you.

Ask your financial aid about the outside scholarship policy that states what happens to your need-based financial aid package if you win an outside scholarship. Outside scholarships are any scholarships that are not awarded by the government or the school. Most financial aids will work with you to help reduce the impact of the outside policy.

Inquire about the school's Federal Work-Study jobs. The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need. Eligible students who indicate that they are interested in work-study on their FAFSAs will see the work-study award listed on the award letter. If you do not see this on your letter, go directly to your aid office and inquire about it.

Remember to visit your school's web site and check out the Financial Aid Office web pages. There you will find many resources to help you through the financial aid process, frequently asked questions, downloadable aid forms, policies and procedures, etc. And last, never, never give up getting all that you can from your Financial Aid Advisor.

Your Financial Aid Office is there to provide you with financial assistance and advisory services, so you can pursue higher education. One of the many problems with financial aid is that the rules change every semester. It is difficult for advisor's to keep up with all of the changes and all of the students' needs. That's why you must remember that you are responsible for you.
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