Financial Aid 101 Roderick Shea 12/2/2015 The Prudential Insurance Company of America, 751 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102 0268194-00001-00 1 The Basics of Financial Aid • • • • What does financial aid mean? What types of financial aid are available? How do you get financial aid? What is the difference between the FAFSA form and CSS Financial Aid Profile form? Filing the FAFSA • File on or as close to January 1 of your student’s senior year in high school. • You do not need to wait until your taxes are done to file the FAFSA. • Don’t forget to list the colleges you want your FAFSA information sent to. The Financial Aid Process • Financial aid is based on the following calculation Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need Source: 2014-2015 EFC Formula – http://ifap.ed.gov/efcformulaguide/attachments/091913EFCFormulaGuide1415.pdf Student Aid Report • After the FAFSA is filed, the applicant will receive a Student Aid Report known as SAR. • The SAR includes the estimated family contribution (EFC). • EFC usually appears right under the date of the SAR form. • The SAR is sent to the colleges listed on the FAFSA as well as federal and state agencies. • Check the SAR thoroughly to ensure it is accurate. Sources of Financial Aid • Federal Government • Pell Grants • Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans • Parent PLUS loans • State Government • Campus-based programs • Private scholarships Source: http://www.finaid.org Financial Aid Package • Colleges combine various awards to make up the financial aid package. • Examples could include: • Grants • Loans • Scholarships • Work-study jobs • Appeals How to Get the Best Financial Aid Package • Apply to schools where you meet or exceed the entrance requirements. • Apply to a mix of schools (private and state). Financial Aid Myths 1. My parents make too much money to qualify for financial aid. 2. Only students with good grades get financial aid. 3. The form is too difficult to fill out. Scholarships for College-Bound Students • • • • • Companies Organizations Groups Sports Local government Scholarship Resources for Minority Students • Internet Sites • American Indian College Fund • http://collegefund.org Asian American Studies • www.apiasf.org Black Excel • www.blackexcel.org Hispanic College Fund • www.hispanicfund.org Hispanic Scholarship Fund • www.hsf.net Scholarship Resources for Minority Students • Internet Sites Continued • Horatio Alger Association • www.horatioalger.com NAACP • www.naacp.org National Urban League Scholarship • www.nul.org United Negro College Fund • www.uncf.org Scholarship Resources for Minority Students • Directories • The Hispanic Scholarship Directory • Directory of Financial Aid for Minorities • Black Excel African American Student’s College Guide • Review other directories in the reference section of the library Resources for Additional Information • Federal Student Information Center • • Funding Education Beyond High School • • www2.ed.gov/students U.S. Department of Education • • www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator U.S. Government Website for College Students/Parents • • www.fafsa.ed.gov College Navigator • • http://studentaid.ed.gov/pubs FAFSA on the Web • • 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) www.ed.gov The Smart Student Guide to FINAID • http://www.finaid.org Questions Disclosures © 2014 Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities. Prudential, the Prudential logo, the Rock symbol, Bring Your Challenges are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc., and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Neither Prudential nor its sales professionals provide tax or legal advice. Please consult with an accountant or attorney concerning your personal situation. [ If a DBA: [DBA Firm Name] is an independent organization and is not an affiliate of Prudential Financial. [DBA Name] sells and services insurance products of Prudential Financial's affiliated insurance companies in addition to products of non-affiliated insurance companies and is authorized to use this material]. This seminar is not intended to market or sell any specific products or services.