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November is Financial Aid Awareness Month

November is Financial Aid Awareness Month

November is Financial Aid Awareness Month! It’s time for those attending college during the 2020-2021 academic year to start thinking FAFSA. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the form to fill out (using 2018 tax and financial information) in order to apply for student grants, work-study, and loans.

Here are 5 things you should know about financial aid this month:

1. Total College Costs
You should be able to determine average costs for the upcoming school year by using your college’s website. Look for cost of attendance, which should include tuition, fees, room and board expenses for in-state and out-of-state students. You should also take into account variable costs such as transportation, books, personal and other expenses.

2. Types of Financial Aid
Some financial aid is awarded by colleges, some by the federal government and some by state agencies. Other aid includes scholarships awarded by private and community organizations, as well as your own and your family’s earnings and savings. Each type of institutional and governmental aid is awarded after you fill out appropriate financial aid applications.

3. How to Apply for Aid
The FAFSA is the most commonly used application for financial aid. Before you begin, be sure you and your parents both request an FSA ID. Your school may also ask you to complete the CSS Financial Aid Profile or another form to apply for financial aid from the school. These forms may ask for additional financial information or documentation not reflected on the FAFSA.

4. When to Apply for Aid
The FAFSA became available October 1, so you can complete that any time, even if you are currently a high school senior and unsure of your final college selection. You can list up to 10 schools on the FAFSA. You should try to submit the FAFSA and any other required forms as early as possible, but check the schools’ websites for information on priority aid deadlines and deadlines for scholarship consideration. Some aid is limited, so the earlier the better.

5. How to Get Help
Several online tips and resources are available for the FAFSA and for the CSS Financial Aid Profile if you get stuck while filling out the forms. In addition, you can receive free assistance in Iowa. You may make an appointment at one of the Iowa College Access Network locations across the state for a personal session. The FAFSA Ready Iowa program also offers many free events staffed by volunteer experts in the financial aid community for families who prefer to drop in.

About Iowa Student Loan
Iowa Student Loan was established in 1979 as a private, nonprofit corporation, and its mission is to help Iowa students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in postsecondary education.

First Citizens works with Iowa Student Loan® to offer private loans to help you pay for college as well as refinance existing student loans. As an Iowa nonprofit and the state’s student loan experts, Iowa Student Loan offers competitively priced loans.*

*First Citizens Bank is compensated by Iowa Student Loan for the referral of student loan customers.


 

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