Myth Busters

   
  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.  
   
  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?  
   
  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?  
   
  Scholarships and grants are a great way to pay for college. You may think that a great grade point average is the only way to receive a grant or scholarship; however academics are just one of the criteria used to award students. What other criteria is involved?  
  1 Life experience  
  2 Financial need  
  3 Athletic ability  
  4 All of the above  
   
  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  
     
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