Myth Busters

   
  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.  
   
  Need some help paying for college? The average cost for in-state tuition and fees for a full-time student are about $3477 per year at the University of Alaska. Receiving financial aid can help alleviate some of the burden of paying this all yourself. Last year the average student received $______ in financial aid.  
  1 I have heard that financial aid does not even cover fees, so I am going to guess $500.  
  2 I am sure the average student can pay for at least tuition and fees, plus have some money left over for books and supplies--$5000 should cover it.  
  3 I have heard that students can pretty much take out as much money as they want and then just pay it all off when they graduate, so the number has got to be pretty high, say $10,000.  
  4 None of the above. The average student does not receive financial aid.  
   
  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!  
   
  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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