What is Financial Aid?

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Financial Aid 101
The primary goal of financial aid is to
assist students and families in paying
college costs
Joel Carstens, University Director of Financial Aid
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What is Financial Aid?
• Gift Aid: does not need to be repaid and does
not require a work commitment
– Grants
– Scholarships
• Self-Help Aid: requires a work commitment
or repayment
– Employment opportunities
– Loans
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Where Can I Find Financial Aid?
Federal:
gift aid and self-help aid
State:
gift aid and self-help aid
Colleges:
gift aid and self-help aid
Private:
mostly gift aid in the form of scholarships
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How Can I Qualify for Financial Aid?
Apply
Although the financial aid application process
can seem overwhelming, it is not as difficult as
most people believe
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What Forms Do I Need to Submit?
 FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
 Collects family’s personal and financial information used
to calculate the student’s eligibility for federal financial
assistance
 Available in English and Spanish
 Available after January 1 each year
 www.fafsa.ed.gov
 Warning – do not use “pay” sites to complete the FAFSA; this
is a Free form
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What Forms Do I Need to Submit? (cont)
 CSS/Financial Aid Profile
 Collects family information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs
to award institutional funds
 Have your most recent federal income tax returns available
 Three step process:
 Register
 Complete the Application
 Submit the Application
 Student Guide available in English and Spanish
 Noncustodial Profile
 Available on/after October 1 each year
 http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
 Not a free site for most - $25 for the first college, $16 for each additional college
 Fee Waiver available for some students
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What Forms Do I Need to Submit? (cont)
 Most Recent Federal Income Tax Returns
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Parent and Student
Make sure the taxes are signed
Federal taxes only (don’t submit state returns)
Include all schedules
Include all W-2 statements
If parents and/or students do not file a federal income tax
return, submit a non-filer statement (available from each
college)
What Forms Do I Need to Submit? (cont)
 College-specific Form
 Each college may have their own application form
 Penn’s application is called the Penn Financial Aid
Supplement
http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/pdf/2014-15/Penn-Financial-AidSupplement-prospective-14-15.pdf
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What Does Penn Require?
www.sfs.upenn.edu
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
Noncustodial Profile (if necessary)
Penn Financial Aid Supplement
Parent and Student tax returns
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QUESTIONS
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College is Affordable
Students should not worry about cost when making
a college application decision
Although the financial aid application process can
seem overwhelming, it is not as difficult as most
people believe
Joel Carstens, University Director of Financial Aid
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Financial Aid Basics
What:
the primary goal of financial aid is to assist students
and families in paying college costs
Where:
How:
federal, state, college and private sources
apply
When:
at the same time as, or as soon as possible after,
admission application; be sure to meet the college’s application
deadline
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What is Penn Doing to Make College
Affordable?
Penn Meets Full Need
No Loans
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Your Dreams, Our Commitment:
Average Financial Aid Award – Class of 2017
Examples:
Nicole
Morgan
Eric
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QUESTIONS
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