Myth Busters

   
  By now you have probably heard the word FAFSA a hundred times. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You know that in order to qualify for financial aid you have to fill it out, but do you know how easy it really is? Once you have your paperwork handy, how long do you plan on spending filling out the FAFSA?  
  1 A week for sure. I saw the application and it looks intimidating!  
  2 Maybe if I had some help I could finish it in a day or two.  
  3 You mean I actually have to read the form?  
  4 Less than thirty minutes…I am going for a world record!  
   
  Do you feel like you are the only student having trouble paying for college? Feel like you are admitting defeat by applying for financial aid? Well, more students may be receiving tuition assistance than you think. What percentage of students would you guess are receiving some type of financial aid?  
  1 10% seems about right. I am sure most parents are much more prepared than mine and started saving 18 years ago.  
  2 20% and that is my final answer because most college students either have rich parents or are working their way through.  
  3 30%, because those are either the super smart students on academic scholarships or the sports all-stars on athletic scholarships.  
  4 Definitely over 50%. How else would one pay for college?  
   
  Applying for Financial Aid is a lot easier than you would think, but you want to be sure you are on track so you do not miss out on any financial aid opportunities. Do you know which of the following are required to apply for financial aid?  
  1 Complete the FAFSA  
  2 Acceptance by a college/university  
  3 Enrollment in a degree program  
  4 All of the above  
   
  Financial Aid comes in many forms—grants, scholarships, loans, work study, and waivers—just to name a few. Although it is important to be prepared and well informed about your financial aid options, researching this all on your own can send you into a state of information overload. The university offers “Financial Aid Night” to parents and students for the purpose of _________________?  
  1 Naming financial aid recipients and distributing their award money.  
  2 Sponsoring a big financial aid party with door prizes and drawings for more money for college—must be present to win!  
  3 A financial aid workshop dedicated to help parents and students learn more about financial aid.  
  4 A convention for financial aid counselors to get together and compare notes on how to improve their university financial aid services.  
   
  Do you know all the types of Financial Aid available to students? You have probably heard of student loans; however that is just one option students may choose to pay for college. Test your knowledge of financial aid by choosing which one of the following is not a type of financial aid:  
  1 Loans  
  2 Grants  
  3 Scholarships  
  4 Savings Accounts  
     
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