Presentation on theme: "MORGAN A. KELLY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY College Financial Aid Night."— Presentation transcript:
MORGAN A. KELLY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY College Financial Aid Night
Tonight’s Agenda Sources and Types of Financial Aid Application Process Determining Eligibility Student Loans Questions to Ask
Types of Financial Aid Grants Scholarships Work-Study Programs Loans Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized Stafford Read your award package carefully! Understand what is free, what is earned, and what is borrowed.
Begin at the Beginning Check with College and Universities to see what Financial Aid Applications are required. Check financial aid deadline dates with Colleges and Universities. Submit required information at least two weeks before earliest deadline. For example: February 15 th Deadline -- Submit Information by February 1 st.
Application Process Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Required for Federal & State Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov www.fafsa.ed.gov Profile Application (CSS Profile) Used primarily by private colleges. www.collegeboard.com www.collegeboard.com Institutional Applications Check school publications and websites
Federal Student Aid PIN Apply for PIN Change PIN Change PIN Information For students and parents Used for FAFSA application Used for student and parent loans www.pin.ed.gov
Federal Application Process Required by all schools administering Federal Student Aid It is ok to use 2013 tax information as an estimate! Cannot be submitted until after January 1, but get organized as soon as possible www.fafsa.ed.gov
Federal Application Process After submitting the FAFSA: Review the Student Aid Report Make corrections, if necessary All filers may access SAR and make changes online If selected for review, a message will be present. You may have to submit tax transcripts and/or other forms for verification purposes to the school. Schools receive the applicant data electronically Schools may offer tentative award based on current information Schools –now or later- may verify or adjust information
CSS Profile Application Process The College Board CSS Profile collects more comprehensive family and financial information It is ok to use 2013 tax information as an estimate! Allows schools to receive information earlier in the cycle Remember to check for other institution specific forms! https://profileonline.collegeboard.com
What’s Next Determining Eligibility Cost of Attendance - EFC ____________ Financial Need
The Cost of Education Direct Costs Tuition and required fees Room and board for resident students Indirect Costs Books and supplies Transportation to and from campus Miscellaneous personal expenses Direct Costs Indirect Costs Total Cost of Education
What is the Expected Family Contribution – EFC? The EFC is a measure of capacity over time to absorb educational costs Not a dollar amount expected from current income or assets Not an estimate of extra cash available It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive. The EFC is subject to school verification and adjustments.
Elements of Need Analysis FM EFC # in college # in family Income FAFSA IM EFC Allowances Home Equity Medical Profile CSS Profile
Eligibility for Financial Aid Total Cost- FM EFC= Eligibility 4 Year Private 4 Year Public $34,000$10,000$24,000 $14,000$10,000$4,000
Need-Based vs. Merit Based Need-based aid is dependent on a family’s EFC. Merit- based aid is award considering achievement, talent, participation, not a family’s EFC. Need- Based Aid Pell GrantWork Study Merit- Based Aid Academic Achievement Athletic Achievement
The Financial Aid Package Total Cost = $34,000 College Grant:$17,000 Work:$1,500 Loan:$5,500 EFC:$10,000 Unmet Need:$4,000 College Grant:$13,000 Work:$1,500 Loan:$5,500 EFC:$10,000
The Financial Aid Package Total Cost = $34,000 College Grant:$17,000 Work:$1,500 Loan:$5,500 EFC:$10,000 Academic:$12,000 Athletic:$15,000 Actual Cost after Merit: $7,000
What is it? Necessary Information Allows for an estimate of your expenses and financial aid possibilities Not a guaranteed award Intended to help families understand out-of- pocket expenses earlier in the application process Student & Parent 2013 Income Tax Returns Earnings statements (W2 forms, recent paycheck stubs) Bank statements Student academic information Net Price Calculator
Options What to Consider Stafford Loans Solely in the student’s name Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized Stafford No credit check, student cannot be in default on a previous loan Private Loans Student will need a co-signer Requires credit check Parent Plus Loan Solely in the parent’s name Requires credit check Student Loans Loan Repayment Calculator http://www.finaid.org/calculators/loanpayments.phtml
Questions to ask and not assume! How do outside awards affect the aid package? What is the school’s policy on non-custodial parents? What is the average student debt level? Are the scholarships/grants renewable each year? How might awards change in future years? What happens if financial circumstances change?
Where There’s “The Web”, There’s a Way www.nasfaa.org Consumer tips for parents and students as well as financial aid tools for completing required applications. www.nasfaa.org www.finaid.org Financial Aid Information Page. Lists a variety of financial aid information, including family contribution calculators.www.finaid.org www.fastweb.com FASTWEB, Free scholarship search.www.fastweb.com www.studentaid.ed.gov A site designed by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students to help students make the dream of college a reality. www.studentaid.ed.gov www.ctdhe.org The Connecticut State Higher Education website for state financial aid programs and links to Connecticut colleges and universities. www.ctdhe.org