College Funding Tips

What’s an FSA ID and Why Do I Need One?

Source: Federal Student Aid. Download printer-friendly version. The FSA ID, which replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN in May 2015, is the username and password you use when you visit certain U.S. Department of Education websites. When you type in your FSA ID at these sites, you are saying either “Yes, it’s really me” or [...]

Nine steps to making your college plans a reality!

Up to 40 percent of college-bound students fail to enroll in college the fall after graduation. This phenomenon is known as summer melt. College-intending students have completed key college-going steps, such as being accepted to college and applying for financial aid, and have concretely signaled their intention to enroll in college. Yet they don’t take [...]

College is in your future! Get started down that path today.

College is an important investment in your future. Whether you choose to go to a career school, community college, or a four-year college or university, the experience will broaden your horizon and greatly increase your career opportunities. But you have to get started now! Make sure that you: Finish high school or complete your G.E.D. [...]

Save for college early

If you have younger children, you can start saving today for their future. Portrait Of Mother And Daughter In Countryside It’s never too early to start saving money for college. You will be prepared to handle rising college costs by saving early and consistently! Visit www.finaid.org/calculators to get an estimate of what college [...]

STUDENTS: KEEP YOUR FINANCIAL AID COMING EACH YEAR YOU’RE IN SCHOOL

If you have acquired enough financial aid to cover all expenses for the first year of college, congratulations. The combination of scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans are the chance of a lifetime and will enable your student to begin his or her journey toward a fulfilling career. Whether need-based or merit-based, the financial aid [...]

THE NEWS ABOUT WORK STUDY JOBS IS ALL GOOD

work studyFederal work-study jobs may be awarded as part of your financial aid package, if you indicate you’re interested in one on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Work-study funds are need-based, meaning they only go to those students who demonstrate financial based on information provided on their FAFSA and who don’t get [...]

PARENTS: BORROW SMART AND SPEND WISELY TO KEEP YOUR STUDENT DEBT MANAGEABLE

student loansStudent loans typically are part of the financial aid package that can make your child’s dreams of going to college a reality. They can be a blessing when college might not be possible otherwise. Young people are not experienced in the world of loans and debts and often mistakenly believe they can easily pay [...]

WHAT DO I DO AFTER I FILE FOR FAFSA?

After FAFSAYou deserve a pat on the back for getting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filled out and submitted. Because FAFSA is a required first step in receiving most forms of financial aid, you’ve completed a must-do step in your journey to college. Your data is on its way to being assessed [...]

Nine steps to avoid the “Summer Melt” and make your college plans a reality!

Up to 40 percent of college-bound students fail to enroll in college the fall after graduation. This phenomenon is known as summer melt. College-intending students have completed key college-going steps, such as being accepted to college and applying for financial aid, and have concretely signaled their intention to enroll in college. Yet they don’t take [...]

The search for Delaware scholarships: Free money for college and where to find it

Scholarships are a huge part of the financial aid package. A student wants to receive as many scholarships as possible because they represent free money. By filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, a student's qualification for grants and scholarships from the federal and state governments and from the college or university [...]