Financial Aid/FAFSA

FAFSA

FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.

The 2017–18 FAFSA launched on Oct. 1, 2016. This is a significant change. It allows students to start the financial aid process much earlier than what has typically done.Some financial aid is limited to a set budget, so it becomes a first-come, first-served reward. It is important to file your FAFSA as early as possible.

FSA ID

In order to sign off and complete your FAFSA, the student and a parent/guardian will each need their own FSA ID (pin number). You will need to go to fsaid.ed.gov to request your ID numbers. When giving an email address, be sure to use an email that is NOT YOUR SANDY VALLEY EMAIL. When you graduate, your SV email will be deleted!

FAFSA ASSIST Night

Sandy Valley will be hosting a FAFSA Fill In Night on Wednesday, October 26th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the library computer labs to assist families with filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA opened on October 1, 2016 and uses tax information from 2015. Please bring your 2015 tax information, social security numbers for parents and students, bank statements, and FSA ID if you have already created it. Please RSVP here.

 

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOP @ KENT STATE – TUSC BRANCH

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

330 University Dr NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663  *  Founders Hall Cyber Café

**Registration is required**

To register, please call Jason Maurer at 330-339-3391 or email jmaure13@kent.edu

 

 

Resources

Don and Madalyn Sickafoose Educational Trust Fund: Philanthropists Don and Madalyn Sickafoose from Magnolia established this fund. Income from the trust is used to make INTEREST-FREE(!!) educational loans to deserving students residing in southeastern Stark County, northwestern Carroll County, and northern Tuscarawas County. A selection committee of three members makes award recommendations to Stark Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee. Due April 1st.

Quest Bridge is a National College Match program that matches low income, high achieving students with top colleges and provides full four year scholarships including tuition, room and board, and additional expenses. Deadline to apply is September 27th.

College Score Card is a federal government sponsored site to help families compare costs between colleges, in an apples-to-apples comparison.

Federal Student Aid: Financial Aid Toolkit: A one-stop shop for information on the FAFSA, as well as federal loans, grants, and work-study.

Canton Student Loan Foundation: Apply for a low-interest loan, up to $12,000, through The Canton Student Loan Foundation.

College Goal Sunday- Get assistance filling out your FAFSA at a local college- Feb. 14th @ 2:00 PM. Click here for locations, info, and to register.

CollegeWeekLive is hosting a webinar entitled “Paying 4 College” on Thursday, January 14 from 2 PM until 10 PM. Visit here to register. This is a free event and a scholarship will be awarded to at least one participant.

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