Myth Busters

   
  Are you discouraged because you think the possibility of receiving a scholarship is too slim to even waste your time applying? How much money do you think the University of Alaska gives away each year in scholarships?  
  1 Definitely over $6 million.  
  2 Definitely under $6 million.  
  3 Maybe a few hundred thousand dollars?  
  4 The University of Alaska offers scholarships?  
   
  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?  
   
  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  
   
  Grants and scholarships are a great way to pay for college because the money does not have to be paid back. It is a good idea to apply for grants and scholarships and exhaust any “FREE” money opportunities you have before you decide to take out money that does require repayment, such as a student loan. Many different organizations offer grants to students, such as  
  1 Businesses and community organizations  
  2 State and federal governments  
  3 Civic groups  
  4 All of the above  
     
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