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1 What You Need to Know about Financial Aid This presentation was developed and provided for free by MASFAA – The Montana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators 1

2 Overview First What is the “FAFSA?” Timelines, Deadlines and Priority Dates Admissions applications & requirements All about the FAFSA, FAFSA PIN Types of Financial Aid Additional Resources Common Mistakes to Avoid 2

3 About the FAFSA – What is it? FAFSA = Free Application For Federal Student Aid Emphasis on the “FREE” Part 3

4 Timelines 4

5 The FAFSA process is repeated each year – beginning in January – for the following academic year File as soon as possible after January 1 each year 5

6 Deadlines Deadlines - the latest date by which something can be submitted Create a calendar for deadlines and meet them Admissions Scholarship Award acceptance Dorm application; dorm deposit Deadlines for dropping classes, withdrawing

7 Deadlines Know your school calendar Last day to drop or add a class Last day to withdraw without penalty/without grade Last day for full or partial refund First day to register for the upcoming semester Finals week, exam schedules Financial Aid disbursement dates And of course, holidays and breaks! 7

8 PRIORITY DATES Submit information on or before this date to gain advantage Meeting a priority date for financial aid means you may receive additional funding Important if your family is considered high need Additional “priority” funds are limited & include grants, low- interest loans, work-study funds Generally awarded to the neediest students and earliest applicants first – and awarded until gone First come, first served - if you miss the priority date, you may miss out on aid you would have been eligible to receive 8

9 PRIORITY DATES Priority date for filing the FAFSA UM – February 15 Most other Montana Schools – March 1 Check with YOUR school for priority filing date or check priority dates @ www.fafsa.ed.govwww.fafsa.ed.gov Some schools have priority dates for scholarship funds or other applications as well Nice to know: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Student Loans, Parent PLUS Loans – are not affected by priority dates. Bottom Line: Even if you miss a priority date, you still need to submit your FAFSA to qualify for other aid. 9

10 Admissions Applications & Requirements Many schools require that you apply for admission before they will consider you for scholarships or aid Apply for admission; complete the financial aid AND scholarship applications for each of your top schools you are considering – it’s all about choices! Once you make your decision, notify the other schools you will not attend – so funds can be awarded to other students. Items that may be required – current and final grade transcripts from high school, immunization records, fees, admissions essays, paperwork for financial aid Current transcript through most recent grading period Follow-up transcript upon graduation Caution: Preliminary Acceptance letter may be with- drawn based on final transcripts - No Senior-itis allowed SAT/ACT test scores, college-specific placement tests (Compass, etc.) – Check your school’s requirements Repeat scores – most schools use highest score Immunization records – MMR Standard, others Essays for admission? 10

11 Admissions Applications & Requirements Common Application A not-for-profit membership organization that provides online admissions services https://www.commonapp.org Often used by private, prestigious colleges such as Whitman, Whitworth, PLU, Purdue, Harvard Not common in Montana: Carroll, University of Great Falls utilize this service Usually for high achieving students Search for Colleges” feature identifies participating schools 11

12 Admissions Applications & Requirements Keep track of your paperwork – you’ll get a LOT of it! Set up an email account just for scholarships, college correspondence, etc. Create a file for each college you are considering Separate each file into categories – Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarship Apps, Housing, etc. Return forms, applications, payments to the correct office Keep copies of everything you send – electronic or paper 12

13 About the FAFSA www.fafsa.gov 13

14 About the FAFSA Applying for Different Types of Aid USE THE FAFSA FOR : Grants – Free or “gift” aid Work Study – Self- help – must be earned Loans – Self-help – must be repaid USE SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR: Scholarships Waivers Follow the process at your school 14

15 About the FAFSA – Federal Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen Have a valid Social Security number Males 18 years and older must register with Selective Service (see www.sss.gov for more information)www.sss.gov Can register for Selective Service on the FAFSA 15

16 About the FAFSA – Eligibility Requirements, continued High school diploma, General Education Development (GED), HiSet, or other accepted graduation equivalency Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs 16

17 About the FAFSA - Eligibility Withdrawing from School vs. Dropping Out Always go through official drop/withdrawal process – don’t just stop going to class Federal regulations may require repayment of some or ALL financial aid if you drop classes or “unofficially” withdraw “I” Incomplete and “W” Withdrawal grades MAY affect future Financial Aid eligibility Academic and financial aid appeal processes may be available Check with Financial Aid office before dropping or withdrawing so you know how it will affect you 17

18 About the FAFSA - The Philosophy (Why Is All This Information Needed?) Parents and students are primarily responsible for paying for higher education. Families are evaluated in their present financial condition. A family’s ability to pay is evaluated in an equitable and consistent manner. Special situations can be considered 18

19 About the FAFSA - The Process Fill out and submit FAFSA Fill out and submit FAFSA Federal processor will determine Expected Family Contribution School receives FAFSA info School determines need School creates Financial Aid Award Package Student receives Award Letter Student responds to Award Letter (Verification) 19

20 About the FAFSA - The Process 20

21 About the FAFSA PIN Registration PIN numbers can be obtained anytime – even while completing the FAFSA online Web site: www.pin.ed.govwww.pin.ed.gov Both student and one parent need a PIN PIN is used for FAFSA, MPN, NSLDS access – legal, electronic online signature Do not share your PIN with anyone Last year the PIN will be used – changes coming April 2015 21

22 About the FAFSA PIN Help www.smartaboutcollege.org Video instruction available Who needs a PIN? Steps to apply for your PIN 22

23 About the FAFSA FAFSA Options Complete online @ www.fafsa.gov. Use this FREE site ONLY!www.fafsa.gov May complete the FOTW worksheet first to use as “cheat sheet” when completing the on-line application. Students may call 1-800-4FEDAID (1-800-433-3243) to request a paper application or can print the pdf at www.fafsa.gov – NOT RECOMMENDED www.fafsa.gov FAFSA4caster provides an estimate of eligibility for federal aid (Juniors and younger) 23

24 Get FREE help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Step-by-step videos Questions answered by FAFSA experts SmartAboutCollege.org | FAFSA-What’s in it for me? Web | SmartAboutCollege.org/CGM Call | (877) COLG4ME Email | FAFSAhelp@safmt.org Text | FAFSAHELP to 41411 | @GetFAFSAHelpFAFSAhelp@safmt.org You’ll need the following to fill out the FAFSA:(for both students and parents): Federal Student Aid PIN — to obtain PIN, log on to pin.ed.gov Correct Social Security numbers Federal tax returns W-2s, tribal income, other aid information (TANF, child support, other benefits) Additional asset information (money market funds, stocks, other investments) Early application deadline is March 1* for Montana colleges and universities * The University of Montana early FAFSA deadline is Feb. 15.

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26 About the FAFSA – Demographic Information Student/Parent Accuracy = Faster FAFSA processing Use accurate SSN & legal name from Social Security Card List accurate date of birth Information is matched with Social Security Administration database; if any data elements are incorrect, your FAFSA will be rejected Males – register for Selective Search when you turn 18. You can register on the FAFSA Check box for male or female; “Register Me” if you are an unregistered male age 18 – 25. Unregistered males age 18 – 25 are not eligible to receive federal financial aid funds 26

27 About the FAFSA School Information School information You must list at least one school you’d like to attend Up to ten schools can be listed to receive FAFSA information when using the on-line application Your FAFSA results will be sent to each school you list Follow up with any requests from the school’s financial aid office to complete your file and receive an award notice. Notify schools you won’t attend so aid can be distributed to other students. 27

28 About the FAFSA – Tax and Income Information Tax information Use your 2014 Federal tax return if complete All taxed income is reported - wages, salaries, tips, etc. See FAFSA instructions If you have not filed your 2014 returns, you can estimate income using 2014 W-2s, final 2014 paystubs showing YTD earnings, or last year’s completed federal return; Update your FAFSA information once taxes are filed. Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to guarantee accuracy of information reported. 28

29 About the FAFSA Verification & IRS Data Retrieval System Retrieves federal tax data directly from IRS; loads directly into FAFSA Results show school that tax data was imported from IRS Information imported from IRS needs no further verification Voluntary, but if you don’t use IRS data retrieval and are selected for verification, you must provide tax transcript Approximately 3 weeks after you electronically file taxes First date available ___________________________? 29

30 About the FAFSA – Tax and Income Information Untaxed income Report total amounts received in 2014 for: Child support received Worker’s compensation Untaxed portions of IRA or pension distributions Pre-tax or tax-deferred pension & retirement contributions (totals found on W-2 boxes 12a – 12d) Do NOT report SSI, student aid, EIC, Additional Child tax credit, Welfare payments, untaxed SS benefits, combat pay, value of military housing or BAQ housing allowances See FAFSA instructions for more information 30

31 About the FAFSA How to Obtain a Tax Transcript For verification purposes, a photocopy of your Federal tax return cannot be accepted. Obtain an official tax transcript through the IRS: By Computer: online@ www.irs.govwww.irs.gov By Phone: 1.800.908.9946; follow voice prompts By Mail: Complete and mail Form 4506-T or 4506-T-EZ (forms available at www.irs.gov)www.irs.gov By Foot: Your local IRS office – bring photo id and get in line IMPORTANT: A tax transcript AND an account transcript are required if you filed an amended return (Form 1040X) 31

32 About the FAFSA Assets & Investments An asset is property the family owns and that has an exchange value. If required, report the net worth the asset holds the day you complete the FAFSA. Net worth means current value minus current debt Include: Net worth of stocks, bonds, money market accounts, rental or recreational property other than the home you live in, other land/real estate, trust funds, UGMA and UTMA accounts (if you are the owner of the accounts), mineral rights, installment and land sale contracts, including mortgages held, commodities, etc. qualified educational benefits or savings accounts.... 32

33 About the FAFSA Assets & Investments Very Important: For a dependent student, accounts such as Coverdell, 529 College Savings plans, & refund value of 529 pre-paid tuition plans – these accounts are recorded as PARENTAL assets, not students – including all accounts owned by the student and all accounts owned by the parents for any member of the household. Investments/assets do NOT Include: The value of life insurance, balance in your retirement plans (401k), pension funds, annuities, non-educational IRAs, Keogh plans, or UGMA/UTMA accounts for which you are the custodian but not the owner. 33

34 About the FAFSA Assets & Investments Investments/assets do NOT Include: Your home The value of your small business – if you own more than 50% of the business and employ 100 or fewer employees; The value of a family farm that you live on and operate (“materially participate in,” file a Schedule F, etc.) Your personal property such as cars, etc. Important: These items are never reported on the FAFSA. For some private schools who use CSS data, the value of these items may be required to award non-federal aid. 34

35 About the FAFSA Dependent or Independent? Criteria to be independent: Born before Jan. 1, 1992 (age 24) Married Working on a master’s or doctorate program Serving Active Duty Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces Have children who receive more than half their support from you or Have dependents other than a spouse that live with you and receive more than half their support from you 35

36 About the FAFSA Dependent or Independent? At any time since student turned age 13, both of student’s parents were deceased, (orphan), student was in foster care, or the student was a dependent of/ward of the court. As determined by student’s state of legal residence, the student is now or was upon reaching the age of majority, an emancipated minor (released from control by his or her parent or guardian). As determined by the student’s state of legal residence, the student is now or was upon reaching the age of majority, in legal guardianship. 36

37 About the FAFSA Dependent or Independent? At any time on or after July 1, 2014, did your high school or school district liaison determine you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless? At any time on or after July 1, 2014, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional living program funded by US Dept of Housing & Urban Development determine you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless? At any time on or after July 1, 2014, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless? 37

38 About the FAFSA Whose Income is Reported? Dependent students report income and other information about both legal parents (biological or adopted) if the parents live together, regardless of parents’ marital status or gender. Ensures that limited taxpayer resources are directed to students with the most need, regardless of the parents’ marital status or gender, when those parents reside in the same household. Recognizes the diversity of American families Note: Be consistent throughout FAFSA on which parent you designate as Parent #1, Parent #2 38

39 About the FAFSA Dependent Student’s Parents’ Household Comprised Of: Data from 1 or 2 Parents Collected? 2015-2016 Single legal parent1 Parent Two legal parents who are husband and wife 2 Parents Legal parent and stepparent2 Parents Two legal parents who are unmarried (regardless of gender), or who are of the same sex and are married, as recognized by a State or foreign country 2 Parents 39

40 About the FAFSA Whose Income is Reported? Divorced/Separated Parents 1. Who did student live with most in last 12 months? 2. If #1 is not clear, who provided the most financial support in the last 12 months? 3. If neither #1 or #2 clarifies it, choose the parent from whom the student most recently received the most support. Stepparent’s information is ALWAYS included! 40

41 Exceptions to dependency criteria: Abandonment Abuse Neglect Where safety of student would be compromised by contacting parents Contact your financial aid officer for help in these situations. Documentation is required. About the FAFSA Special Circumstances 41

42 About the FAFSA Other Special Situations A special conditions appeal may be filed when your income has changed. Loss of job Death of wage earner Divorce Unusually high medical bills In most cases, special conditions are considered only after initial awards have been determined. Contact your financial aid officer for help. Documentation is required. 42

43 About the FAFSA The Formula Cost of Attendance (COA) -Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Need 43

44 A budget for nine months of school, including: Main Components Other Possible Components Tuition and feesLoan fees Room and boardStudy abroad costs Books and supplies Dependent or elder care expenses Transportation Expenses associated with a disability Miscellaneous personal expenses Expenses for co-op education program About the FAFSA “Cost Of Attendance” 44 NOTE: Amount of financial aid received cannot exceed the total cost of attendance

45 About the FAFSA “EFC” “Expected Family Contribution” – calculated using FAFSA data and a federal formula A financial index that determines student’s financial need and eligibility (or ineligibility) for need-based aid The same regardless of what college the student attends The EFC comes from two sources: Parents’ contribution + Student’s contribution = Expected Family Contribution (EFC) 45

46 About the FAFSA - EFC Protection Allowances The “contribution” part of “Expected Family Contribution” comes from students’ and parents’ income and assets. A formula is applied to protect a portion of income and assets. For parents, this protection formula considers support of other family members, number of students in college, age of parent closer to retirement, and much more. 46

47 47 About the FAFSA – EFC Parent Income Protection Allowance

48 About the FAFSA – EFC Parent Asset Protection/Conversion Rate Like income, parents’ assets are also protected – (some are excluded as discussed - home, family farm, etc.) A formula determines discretionary net worth of reportable assets An “asset conversion rate” is applied to that adjusted net worth – so only a portion is considered – for parents, 12% Final amount is divided by number of children in college: Total parent contribution/ # attending college = Total Parental contribution 48

49 About the FAFSA – EFC Dependent Student Income Protection Allowance $6,310 The amount a dependent student may earn in 2014 without affecting the student contribution from earnings 49

50 About the FAFSA – EFC Dependent Student Contribution from Income Example of how Student Contribution from Income is calculated: Student earned $7,310 (after exclusions and taxes) Of this amount, $6,310 is “protected” (not considered) $1,000 remaining income 50% of this amount is the contribution from income Student contribution from income = $500 50

51 About the FAFSA – EFC Dependent Student Contribution from Assets Example of how Student Contribution from Assets is calculated: Calculation uses amounts reported on the FAFSA for cash, checking, savings, and net worth of investments Example: Students’ reported assets = $ 1,000 Of this amount, $0 is “protected” 20% of assets = contribution from assets Student contribution from assets = $200 51

52 About the FAFSA Determining “Need” Cost of Attendance (COA) -Expected Family Contribution (EFC) =“Need” The amount of students’ COA that can be covered with “need-based” aid NOTE: Non-need based aid can be used to help cover EFC 52

53 Need Varies Based on Cost A B C A B C EFC Cost of Attendance (Variable) Expected Family Contribution (Constant) Need (Variable) -= 53

54 Tuition Cost The biggest impact on the cost of education is school selection. 54

55 How will the financial aid office try to meet my NEED? ABC Cost $30,000 $18,000$12,000 EFC $0 Need $30,000 $18,000$12,000 ESTIMATED Pell* $5,830 Other Grant $10,000 $1,000 Work Study $2,500 Subsidized Loan $3,500 $2,670 Unmet Need $8,170 $5,170$0 Unsubsidized Loan $2,000 $0 PLUS $6,170* $3,170 $0 55

56 How will the financial aid office try to meet my NEED? ABC Cost $30,000 $18,000$12,000 EFC $6,000 Need $24,000 $11,000$6,000 Pell* $ -0- Other Grant $5,000 $ -0- Work Study $1,500 Subsidized Loan $3,500 Unmet Need $14,000 $7,000$1,000 Unsubsidized Loan $2,000 Parent Plus $18,000 $11,000 $5,000 56

57 57 School A: Unmet need of$ 14,000 + $ 6,000 EFC $ 20,000 Can be covered with $2,000 Unsub + $18,000 PLUS loan School B:Unmet need of $ 7,000 +$ 6,000 EFC $13,000 Can be covered with $2,000 Unsub + $11,000 PLUS Loan School C:Unmet need of $1,000 + $6,000 EFC $ 7,000 Can be covered with $2,000 Unsub + $5,000 PLUS Loan

58 NEED HELP? Every school has a Net Price Calculator Net price = the total cost of school (tuition, room and board, and other expenses) minus the amount of need- based aid you receive based on your family's financial situation A tool to help you calculate what your education will really cost you after need-based aid is applied. PLUS and Unsub loan can help cover your “net price.” Check your school’s website or ask Financial Aid office 58

59 About the FAFSA Submitting the FAFSA: Submit as early as possible after January 1 st using the most accurate information you have available Estimated tax return or completed tax return? Processing Times: 1 – 3 days if submitted electronically 4 – 8 weeks (or more!) if paper FAFSA is mailed School processing times vary If you need to estimate to make a priority date, you will need to go back to www.fafsa.gov to “Make Corrections” in order to provide the updated information.www.fafsa.gov 59

60 About the FAFSA The Student Aid Report A formatted report of the information (called a “Student Aid Report” or “SAR”) is supplied when completing the FAFSA If e-mail is provided, SAR is sent electronically to student Otherwise, a paper SAR is sent If you haven’t received any information within 4 weeks, contact the financial aid office or Federal Processor at 1.800.4.FEDAID (1.800.433.3243) or check your application on-line at www.fafsa.gov.www.fafsa.gov 60

61 Sources Federal State School Private Types of Financial Aid Need Based Non-Need Based Merit ScholarshipsLoansScholarships Grants Some scholarships Most work study Some work study Loans Types of Financial Aid 61

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63 Available Grants Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG) (State grant) Baker Grant (State Grant) - Student must earn $3,625 or more to qualify No payback required! Free money! 63

64 Employment 64

65 Federal & State Work Study Can be need or non-need based On or off campus Earnings do not count as income on next year’s FAFSA Amount awarded will not appear as a credit on the student’s statement, and amount awarded is not guaranteed to be earned – why? If you did not receive a work-study award, many schools have a waiting list. 65

66 Student Loans 66

67 Federal Loan Eligibility Loans are a type of financial aid Need and non-need based Enrolled at least half time 67

68 Types of Educational Loans Federal Loans Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Perkins Graduate Plus Parent Plus Private Loans 68

69 Need based Interest rate: 5% fixed Nine-month grace period Deferment & cancellation provisions Limited funding – apply early Federal Perkins Loan 69

70 Federal Direct Loans Direct Subsidized Loan Need based Direct Unsubsidized Loan Non-need based Parent Plus & Graduate Plus Non-need based 70

71 Direct Loan Annual Limits Dependent Undergraduate Students Base loan = may be Subsidized if eligible, Unsubsidized, or a combination Students may qualify for lesser amounts of loan if other aid meets their cost of attendance 71

72 Direct Loan Annual Limits Independent Undergraduate Students If the Federal PLUS loan for a dependent student is denied, then the dependent student may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loans. 72

73 Federal Direct Loans Subsidized and Unsubsidized Interest Rates −Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans: 4.66%, effective July 1, 2014 −Interest rate is fixed each year; rates may change for subsequent loans every July 1. −Your rate will be different – rate changes July 1, 2015 Fees − 1.073% of loan amount deducted prior to disbursement −Student receives 98.927% of amount borrowed −Example: Freshman Sub $3,500 x 98.927% = $3,462 −Example: Freshman UNSub $2,000 x 98.927% = $1,978 − Fees are determined retained by the Department of Ed, not the school 73

74 Federal Direct Loans Benefits No credit check performed/no creditworthiness needed for students No payments due while student is enrolled at least half-time Six-month grace period after student leaves school before payments begin (Interest accrues, however) 10-year repayment term – longer for higher loan balances Deferment/cancellation provisions Loans disburse in equal payments over two semesters (½ fall, ½ spring) or 3 quarters (1/3 fall, 1/3 winter, 1/3 spring) Disbursed first to school, then refund is sent to student or parent On Sub loan – Interest is paid (subsidized) during enrollment of ½ time or more and during deferment 74

75 Direct Parent Plus Loan Borrowers are parents of dependent undergraduate students – credit check is performed. Interest Rate: 7.21% fixed Interest rate is fixed each year; rates may change for subsequent loans every July 1. Your rate will be different – rate changes July 1, 2015 Fees: 4.292% - deducted prior to loan disbursement 95.708% of amount borrowed is credited to student’s account −Fee is determined and retained by Department of Ed, not the school Loan limits: −Cost of attendance less other aid received −Can cover EFC for student −No aggregate limit 75

76 Direct Parent Plus Loan Repayment begins 60 days after fully disbursed Ten year repayment term Four repayment options available to parent borrowers: −Level repayment −Interest Only −Monthly payment based on percentage of income −Delayed repayment - parents can request an in-school deferment and six month grace period on loan 76

77 Private Student Loans Also called “Alternative” loans Used mainly for high-cost schools Interest and terms vary; often require co-signer Cannot be combined with federal student loans in a federal consolidation – always a separate payment Use as a “Last Resort” – exhaust all federal eligibility first http://studentlendinganalytics.com/ratings.html - provides information on different private loans for comparison http://studentlendinganalytics.com/ratings.html www.ihelploan.com www.custudenloans.org www.wellsfargo.com/student 77

78 Scholarships 78

79 Sources Federal State School Private Types of Financial Aid Need Based Non-Need Based Merit ScholarshipsLoansScholarships Grants Some scholarships Most work study Some work study Loans Types of Financial Aid 79

80 In addition to Merit, (Honors), scholarships can be awarded for any criteria the donor chooses Institutional – based on major, county, need, etc. Activities – 4-H, sports, music, etc. Community – church, local businesses, employer, service organizations (Elks, etc.) Bottom Line: Apply and apply often! Make scholarship application a priority and your part-time job! Scholarship Types 80

81 Scholarship Searches 92% of scholarships awarded will come from local resources and the college your student attends – START HERE FIRST! High School guidance counselors – have excellent resources Internet searches www.smartaboutcollege.org/education-links.jsp https://mtcis.intocareers.org www.Studentaid.ed.gov https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ www.fastweb.org Avoid scams - Free, Free, Free! 81

82 MUS Honor Scholarship Four-year renewable scholarship Waives tuition at eligible campuses Average value at a four-year Montana campus is $4,000/year or $16,000/4 years Approximately 200 awarded state-wide www.scholarship.mt.gov 82

83 MUS Scholarships 83 Governor's "Best and Brightest" Scholarship Program Divided into 3 scholarships based on academic achievement/financial need: High School Merit Merit-at-Large Need-Based Must be a Montana resident attending an eligible Montana postsecondary institution or Montana’s tribal college. Each scholarship is administered in a different way. Application will be available December 1, 2014. Deadline: Postmarked by March 15, 2015. For more info, contact the Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 www.scholarship.mt.gov

84 Resources – Montana University System Student Financial Services (SFS) 84 DREAM – Goal setting SAVE – Before, during and after college SPEND – Responsible credit use

85 Resources – Montana University System Student Financial Services (SFS) 85 www.mus.edu/Prepare Prepare for College College 101 Money Management “Dollars & Sense” Budgeting Workbook Helpful college prep tips www.mus.edu/sfs

86 Additional Resources Health & Human Services Veteran’s benefits Military Service Scholarship (ROTC) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grants Tribal assistance American Indian Tuition Waiver Vocational rehabilitation 86

87 Additional Resources Taxpayer Relief Act American Opportunity/Lifetime Learning Tax Credits Student Loan Interest Deduction Education IRA College Savings Plans 87

88 College Bound Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid Four Most Common Mistakes: Not submitting the FAFSA Procrastination Paying for scholarship searches, FAFSA filing Assuming that financial aid is for someone else 88

89 Questions?? Contact: YOUR INFO HERE 89 Thank you for your time and attention! Your Montana Financial Aid Officers and Student Assistance Foundation


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