Financial Aid


FAFSA Website - Get Help Paying For College

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
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FAFSA Changes for Class of 2017

For years families have been encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st of their senior year. The tax information students and parents used to complete the FAFSA was the prior year’s tax information. For this year’s seniors, the tax information they will use will be the 2015 tax information filed by April 15, 2016.

On September 14, 2015, President Obama announced changes regarding when families can file their FAFSA. For students applying to college for fall 2017 (current juniors) they will be able to complete a FAFSA as early as October of their senior year using 2015 tax information; tax forms filed in April of 2016. This is called Prior-Prior Year tax information. For more information, read the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA Fact Sheet.

As always, students should check with the specific universities to which they are applying/attending and follow their financial aid guidelines. Many schools are still deciding how to implement the new FAFSA rules.

Current Seniors - Class of 2016
Current Juniors - Class of 2017
Students will file their first FAFSA after January 1, 2016 using tax information from 2015. These are the taxes filed by April 15, 2016.

To apply for financial aid for their second year of college (fall 2017), current seniors may be able to submit their second FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 using tax information from 2015. These are the taxes filed by April 15, 2016.
Students may be able to file their first FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 using tax information from 2015. These are the taxes filed by April 15, 2016.

To apply for financial aid for their second year of college (fall 2018), current juniors may be able to submit their second  FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017 using tax information from 2016. These are the taxes filed by April 15, 2017.


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Student Loan and Grant Information

http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-college.html?src=pn
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How much will college cost?  Find out below.

http://collegecost.ed.gov/netpricecenter.aspx
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The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aide

http://www.finaid.org/
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A Leading Provider of Student Loans

https://www.salliemae.com/
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A Financial Aid Website Created by Financial Aid Experts

http://www.nasfaa.org/students_parents_counselors
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From the U.S. Dept. of Education Website

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa//Home
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How Do I Start Saving For College?  Here is one way....

http://www.savingforcollege.com/

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bigfuture.collegeboard.org

scholarshipexperts.com

texasscholarships.org

collegescholarships.org


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Watch out for Financial Aide Scams.  
These websites will help you from getting ripped off.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/scams

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams

http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml