Financial aid process for high school athletes

Many families send out their financial aid forms, sit back and wait for a great financial aid package to come. Others are so afraid of the process or think they will not qualify for financial aid that they don’t even try. Neither is a recipe for success. If your family has never been through the process, it can be daunting.  It would be terrific if every college required the exact same information at exactly the same time.  But there is no single road map to follow – each school sets their own deadlines, requests different information and may ask for that information in a range of formats.

In order to succeed, you must complete a series of steps in the correct order to maximize your financial aid and scholarship potential. Miss one or two steps, fail to understand how the entire process works or make a mistake and you may get less financial aid.

Financial Aid Interview with a Division 1 College

Learn more about the financial aid process for high school athletes from our interview with a Division 1 college. Financial Aid Interview

CSS PROFILE

The CSS Profile financial aid form is used at over 250+ private colleges (and a few public colleges) to award financial aid to applicants. CSS Profile Form

EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION

Expected Family Contribution is the amount of money you and your family are expected to and can contribute to your education. Expected Family Contribution

FINANCIAL AID TERMS & PROGRAMS

There are many different financial aid terms you should know as well as programs to tap into. Learn more here. Financial aid terms and programs

TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID

There are many different financial aid programs for students to tap into from Stafford Loans, to Perkins Loans to PLUS Loans and more. Types of financial aid

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