January Newsletter: FAFSA Filing Tips and Other Funding Resources
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important financial aid form you can complete to pay for college, but many people either avoid it or make costly mistakes when filling it out. That’s why this month’s Financial Aid News is filled with tips and resources to help guide you through the FAFSA process. Plus, you’ll find information about new scholarship opportunities, help to cover last-minute expenses for the spring semester, and more. Here are some highlights:
- Download our FAFSA Guide eBook for a step-by-step guide of the 2013-2014 FAFSA form
- Learn how to file your FAFSA before your taxes to get a head start on the process
- Find out your FAFSA dependency status with our online quiz
- Check out our Financial Aid Roadmap to understand the financial aid process
- Learn about the latest new scholarships to help pay for school
- Get your chance at the ScholarshipPoints January Scholarship drawing
It’s FAFSA Time
It’s officially FAFSA season, and if you’re like many students out there, you may need a little help to get you through! Check out some of the newest resources from FAFSAOnline.com to get you filing easily and accurately:
- File your FAFSA before your taxes. Some financial aid is first-come, first-served so it’s important to file ASAP. Learn how you can file your FAFSA before your taxes and get a jump on paying for school.
- Know your dependency status. Did you know that independent students don’t need to report their parents’ financial information on the FAFSA? Learn what YOUR dependency status is.
- Learn about 529 Plans and the FAFSA. 529 College Savings Plans are considered a parent asset on the FAFSA. If you have one, learn how it can affect your financial aid award.
- Find out if you or a parent is a dislocated worker. By finding out if someone in your family qualifies as a dislocated worker, you may be eligible for more financial aid. Learn more.
Need more help? – Check out our FAFSA Guide eBook for a step-by-step walkthrough of the 2013-2014 FAFSA form.
Spring into Action
As you’re adjusting to your new schedule for this semester, make sure you have the funds to cover everything. Extracurriculars mean club fees and extra expenses, so plan ahead and make sure you’re covered for the spring semester. Private loans can be helpful, last-minute sources of funding for your unexpected semester costs, but before you apply, make sure you’ve exhausted your scholarships and federal aid! Find your loan now.
$7,500 Up for Grabs on February 1, 2013
ScholarshipPoints will award $7,500 in scholarships to 8 lucky students on February 1, 2013 and you’re not entered! ScholarshipPoints is completely free and provides you new scholarship opportunities every month. All you have to do is sign up and start earning points by doing things like taking surveys, visiting other web sites, and reading blog posts. Plus, ScholarshipPoints hosts fun video, essay, and photo contests throughout the year. ScholarshipPoints plans to give away $150,000 in scholarships in 2013. What are you waiting for? Become a ScholarshipPoints member today.
Financial Aid Roadmap
Do you know the top 9 financial aid options that can help you pay for college? Check out the Financial Aid Roadmap infographic to find out!
Here are some new scholarships to check out!
- $1,000 Sertoma Communicative Disorders Scholarship — Deadline: March 30, 2013
- $1,000 William J. Adams, Jr and Marijane E. Adams Scholarship — Deadline: March 15, 2013
- $10,000 New Century Scholars Program — Deadline: Varies
- $2,500 Optimist International Essay Contest — Deadline: January 31, 2013
- $1,000 National D-Day Museum Online Essay Contest — Deadline: March 30, 2013
- $2,500 The Lowe’s Scholarship — Deadline: February 28, 2013
5 Tips for FAFSA
Pat, our wonderful intern, is back for winter break to bring you his 5 Tips for Filing the FAFSA this year. Check ‘em out and get applying!
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