COLLEGE/CAREER CENTER UPDATE
March 21, 2012College/Career Specialist: Mrs. Judy BrackenRoom D112 (703) 248-5531
Hours: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER YOU ARE ADMITTED TO COLLEGE
Compare financial aid packages from the colleges you areconsidering.
www.collegeboard.com/student/payis a calculator thathelps you appropriately compare need-based financial aid packages.
Compare the types of financial aid.
What is the proportion of grants,loans and campus employment?
Compare living costs.
Does the college guarantee to provide housingfor all four years? Off-campus living can be expensive.
Compare policies concerning financial aid for future years.
Does thecollege guarantee to meet your financial need for all four years, just oneyear, or not at all?
Compare the bottom line.
How does the total aid package compare withthe total cost of attendance? In addition to tuition, fees, room & board, isthe college considering books, transportation and personal expenses?
Remember – your key question is NOT how much grant money you receivebut how much your family has to pay and borrow to afford the college.
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) www.fafsa. gov
SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS, it’s not too late to fill out the FAFSA, thefederal form that determines eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and insome cases scholarships. Be sure to
request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) www.PIN.gov .
The PIN allows you to electronically sign theFAFSA. Both the student & one parent must request a PIN.Did you know that
FAFSA on the Web
allows applicants to access their IRStax information and have it automatically inserted into the FAFSA as ofFebruary 1? Just answer a brief series of questions to determine if you areeligible for IRS data retrieval.
TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANT (TAG)
is a program of theCommonwealth of Virginia, providing annual grants to Virginia residentswho are full-time students at eligible non-profit,privatecolleges anduniversities in the state. For more information go towww.virginiaprivatecolleges.org