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1 1 FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE

2 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 2 SCOPE OF THIS WORKSHOP What is financial aid College costs Application process Determination of eligibility Need-based programs Alternatives

3 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 3 TYPES OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID Grants Scholarships Loans Employment

4 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 4 STUDENT FINANCIAL AID Merit-based  academics  talent  athletic  others Need-based  financial considerations

5 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 5 STUDENT FINANCIAL AID Need-based aid ……. Family is responsible for costs to the extent of its ability to pay college costs Provides access and choice Annual determination of eligibility

6 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 6 COLLEGE COSTS Direct Indirect

7 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 7 DIRECT COLLEGE COSTS Tuition Required fees Room Meals Books and Supplies

8 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 8 INDIRECT COLLEGE COSTS Transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses, including documented costs for a personal computer Loan fees

9 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 9 INDIRECT COLLEGE COSTS Study abroad costs Dependent care expenses Disability-related expenses Cooperative education program costs

10 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 10 APPLYING FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  Required for all types of federal aid  Paper forms available in high schools & financial aid offices by December OR  Complete on the Web at If you file online, you will get the results immediately after hitting “submit.”  Complete after January 1st, preceding the academic year  Results sent electronically to institutions listed by student on FAFSA  Student Aid Report sent to student to confirm data

11 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 11 APPLYING FOR STATE FINANCIAL AID The FAFSA is the application for most major state programs:  NC Education Lottery Scholarship  UNC Need-Based Scholarship  NC Community College Scholarship  NC Student Incentive Grant  And others Other state programs require additional forms. See CFNC.org for details by program.

12 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 12 APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID Other forms ???  Institutional application  College Scholarship Service PROFILE  State applications  Outside scholarship applications

13 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 13 Need Help? FAFSA Day 2007 Saturday, February 17, 2007  Any time between 9 a.m. and noon (9:30-3:00 in Charlotte at downtown public library) Get FREE help completing your FAFSA online from college financial aid officers. Check or school counselor for closest location. Register toll-free, CFNC or online at Sponsored by College Foundation of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

14 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 14 Where else can you get help? Some websites and companies charge families to use their services…..You DO NOT have to PAY to get help completing your FAFSA!  If you get an invitation in the mail for a free seminar, investigate company before you go! FREE Resources:  College aid administrator  School counselor  Toll-free: CFNC

15 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 15 APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID Meet earliest deadline of colleges in which you are interested Complete all questions accurately Estimate if necessary to meet early deadlines Don’t wait until you are admitted to file the FAFSA Keep a photocopy of all documents for your records

16 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 16 APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID Additional documentation may be required… for VERIFICATION of information  Tax returns  Untaxed income (Social Security, Child support, Income reported on FAFSA worksheets, other)  Family size  Family members attending college  Other...

17 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 17 DETERMINATION OF EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION Parents’ Contribution + Student’s Contribution _________________________ = Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

18 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 18 Determination of Parents’ Contribution Parents’ total income for calendar year (Taxable + Non-taxable) - Federal Tax Paid (not withheld) -State Tax Paid -Social Security Withholding -Living Allowance -Child Support paid by parents -Employment allowance ___________________________________ = Available Parent Income

19 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 19 Determination of Parents’ Contribution Total net assets (excluding home equity) -Protection allowance (varies by age of parent) ___________________________ = Net Worth X 12% ____________________ = Amount of assets used in determining EFC

20 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 20 Determination of Parents’ Contribution Available Income + Asset Contribution ___________________ = Adjusted Available Income X Percentage ___________________ = Parent Contribution Parent contribution will be divided by the number of family members in college, not including parents.

21 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 21 Determination of Student’s Contribution Student’s total income for calendar year (taxable and non-taxable) - Federal tax paid (not amount withheld) - State tax paid - Social Security withholding - Income protection allowance ($3,000) __________________________________ = Student’s Available Income X 50% __________________________________ = Student’s Contribution from Income

22 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 22 Determination of Student’s Contribution Total net assets X 20% ________________ = Student’s Contribution from assets

23 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 23 Determination of Student’s Contribution Student contribution from income + Student contribution from assets __________________________ = Total Student Contribution

24 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 24 Determination of EFC Parents’ contribution +Student’s contribution ______________________ =Expected Family Contribution

25 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 25 Basic Principle of Financial Aid Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution __________________________ = Eligibility for Need-Based Funds

26 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 26 Potential Institutional Adjustments to EFC in Awarding Institutional Funds Establishment of a minimum level of student contribution Use of home equity in determination of net assets Adjustments for medical/dental expenses Adjustments in the losses/depreciation claimed for business/farm operations

27 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 27 Special Circumstances Significant change in your family…  Unemployment of a parent  Death in the family  Change in parents’ marital status Notify the financial aid office at your college of these special circumstances. Be prepared to provide documentation of any change, including the financial impact of the change.

28 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 28 Sources of Financial Aid Federal Government State Programs Institutional funds Outside agencies

29 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 29 Types of Financial Aid Gift Scholarships Grants Self-help Loans Employment

30 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 30 Federal Aid Programs Federal Pell Grant Academic Competitiveness Grant National SMART Grant Federal Supplemental Grant Federal Work-Study Federal Perkins Loan Federal Stafford Loan Federal Ford Direct Loan

31 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 31 North Carolina Aid Programs (partial listing) NC Student Incentive Grant NC Legislative Tuition Grant NC State Contractual Scholarship NC Community College Grants NC Education Lottery Scholarship UNC Need-Based Grants Nurse Scholarships and Loans Teacher Scholarships and Loans

32 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 32 Institutional and Outside Aid Institutional Aid  Grants & Scholarships  Loan Programs  Student Employment Outside Agencies  Local organizations  Churches  Civic Groups  Parents’ employers  Veterans’ Administration  Vocational Rehabilitation Services

33 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 33 Is that all there is? Federal Unsubsidized Loans (Stafford or Direct) Federal PLUS loans for parents of dependent students and for graduate or professional students

34 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 34 Is that all there is? Private Alternative Loans for students or parents College Payment Plans Outside Scholarships Tax credits--Hope and Lifelong Learning

35 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 35 Tax Credits-- Hope Tax Credit  Available for the first two years of college  Applies to tuition and required fees only.  Can claim up to $1500 tax credit---better than a deduction since it comes directly off taxes owed. ─ Can claim 100% of first $1000 expenses and 50% of the next $1000.  Examples: ─ If you paid tuition of $5000 in 2006, you will be able to claim $1500 on the tax return completed in early ─ If you paid tuition of $1000, you will be able to claim only $1000. ─ If you paid tuition of $1800, you can claim $1400 (all of the first $1000, and 1/2 of the remaining $800…which is $400).

36 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 36 Tax Credits-- Lifetime Learning Available for all years Can claim for professional development type classes as well as remaining undergraduate years and graduate years of college. Can claim credit for 20% of tuition & fees, up to maximum of $2,000. There are income restrictions on who can claim Lifetime and Hope Tax Credits….consult with your tax advisor!

37 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 37 IRS Deductions and Credits for 2006 Certain taxpayers will qualify to take a tax deduction for tuition and fees (even if they don’t itemize). Deductions range up to $4000/year. Families with adjusted gross incomes up to $80,000 (single filers) & $160,000 (joint filers) can claim credit. Cannot claim Hope or Lifetime Learning credit in the same year. Check with tax preparer to see if you qualify!

38 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 38 Additional Information College Foundation of North Carolina The Student Guide  Published by US Department of Education Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians  At the CFNC Web site, click on paying for college and then publications. Publications in local libraries

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41 Financial Aid Presentation Project, NCASFAA/NCSEAA 41 See Worksheet slide for details

42 42 Can list 6 colleges on FAFSA Web version

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44 44 Questions?


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