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    Financial Aid Information for College Bound Students


    The ASPIRE Coordinator and the SUMMIT Career Center are terrific resources for anyone navigating the financial aid for college process. Seniors are introduced to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) during their government and economics classes in September. Parents and students can work on their FAFSA in October with help in the library. Check the upcoming events for exact date and time.

    The FAFSA is the form all schools use to determine a family's eligibility for need-based financial aid. Once the family completes the FAFSA form, it is sent to a central processing agency of the federal government, which uses a standardized computation to determine a family's eligibility for aid. The results are sent to colleges you have designated on the form. The FAFSA must be submitted starting October 1st of the student's senior year to qualify for all state and federal grants. You may file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov   
     
    To file the FAFSA online, students and parents need an FSA ID.  Sign up for an FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.


    Financial Aid Resources

    FAFSA Online http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

    Federal Student Aid Website https://studentaid.ed.gov

    College Cost Calculator http://www.finaid.org/

    ECMC Workbook https://www.ecmc.org/students/documents/2015-16-OR-Opps-Book.pdf

    Your prospective college financial aid office – contact information is on each college website

    Your local bank or financial institution can help you with funding sources.