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!  
   
  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  
   
  You have heard the slogan around campus “get out of line and go online”, but which of the following things CAN you complete on the web?  
  1 Check your financial aid award status  
  2 Fill out the FAFSA  
  3 Check the balance and make payments on student loans.  
  4 All of the above.  
   
  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?  
   
  Many students have jobs in college. Working helps you earn money and can give you great experience. If you are interested in working as a student, then check out the jobs open to students at your campus. You can work and attend classes all in the same place. Student jobs are available in many different career fields, so you can also get experience towards your degree. What kind of student job is considered financial aid?  
  1 When you sign up for a work study program.  
  2 When you work in exchange for room and board or free tuition.  
  3 When you employer awards you with a scholarship or grant.  
  4 None, student jobs are not considered financial aid.  
     
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