Many people get anxious when they think about a college education for their children. This should not be the case. Student loans have been designed for anyone who wants to go to college or further their education. The programs instituted are geared for any income level. There are many programs to choose from. There are steps you must take to ensure you get the funding you need for your higher learning.
No matter what the family income, there is a loan program which will allow you or your child to go to college. You may qualify for scholarships, grants, or loans. There are many different types of loan programs. There are student loan programs like the Stafford Loan. You could qualify ...view middle of the document...
Federal student loans fall into this category. You will be able to find out more from your college financial aid office.
You will need to apply for your student loans each year. As your circumstances change you must report them to the financial aid office. Your file will be reviewed to determine any changes which may be made. It is very easy to apply for financial aid. Each year there are thousands of students who do not apply because they think they will not qualify. This is just not true. There are some student financial aid packages which are not based on income. Anyone can qualify for one of these packages.
There is a process which must be followed when applying for student financial aid. The first thing you should do is obtain the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can obtain a copy from the local high school guidance office, the college financial office, or at any public library.
You can also apply on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov . There are a number of benefits to applying on line. The first one is that it will not take as long to get your Student Aid Report (SAR). You can also specify up to 10 colleges with the electronic version of the FAFSA, while the paper one only allows 4. There are also built in error checking systems with the electronic version. This can save making some of the more common mistakes.
Once you submit the FAFSA, you will receive the SAR within 4 to 6 weeks. This is usually 2 to 3 weeks if you filed electronically. The report is a summary of information you provided on the FAFSA and the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). This is the amount of money you will have to contribute to your education.
The lower your EFC, the more you will qualify for student aid. The college or university will develop a student aid package to determine which grants, loans, or other financial aid you may receive. There are certain tips you can use to lower your EFC. Some of these tips will be covered in the next chapter.
Once you receive your student aid package you will be able to see how much of your college tuition will be covered by student financial aid. You can then plan what other forms of finance you may need to cover the rest of the tuition.
There are certain student work programs you may qualify to help cover the cost of tuition. Your student finance office at the college can help with this. You will need to speak with a financial advisor to determine which programs you may be eligible for.
The most important thing to remember when filling out the FAFSA is to be completely honest. There are many colleges and universities who verify all the information listed on the application form. Fraud carries very severe penalties if you are caught. As more and more students are enrolling each year, the guidelines are being followed with more precision. It is extremely hard to lie on your application and get away with it. If you are found to be guilty of fraud, you will have to pay back...