Planning for a post-secondary education can be overwhelming. What steps should a student take to prepare for a career school or college? What does a student need to know in order to manage school expenses? Listed below are some useful resources
Parents and students can learn about the types of financial aid available to help pay for college or career school, including grants, work-study, loans and scholarships by attending two sponsored programs:
- DATE: 2020 FINANCIAL AID NIGHT – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020: Parents and students (grades 9-12). Information may change slightly each year.
- PHEAA/FAFSA PRESENTATION – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2020: Parents and students (grade 12). A Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) representative will walk families through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. These events occur every school year in October.
- 529 SAVINGS PROGRAM(PA Department of Treasury): Investment plan used to save and invest for K-12 tuition in addition to college costs.
- COLLEGE SCORECARD Online tool to compare the cost and value of U.S. higher education institutions.
- CSS PROFILE: Additional application for nonfederal financial aid administered by College Board. Unlike the FAFSA, there is a fee to apply. Be sure to check with colleges before using this application – not all post-secondary institutions require this form. Those that do typically have a fall due date for completion.
- FEDERAL STUDENT AID(U.S. Department of Education): Website to apply for student aid. (1) FAFSA4caster – Free early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid; (2) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)- Apply for financial aid
- High School Checklists: Student and parent tips. (1) 9th Grade Checklists; (2) 10th Grade Checklists; (3) 11th Grade Checklists; 12th Grade Checklists
- Loan Repayment: Learn how and hen to make payments
- PHEAA(Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency): State funded grant opportunities and special programs. (1) 5 Steps to Financial Aid – Learn about ways to pay for college