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February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

Financial aid helps you pay for college!

Shawna Newman

February 02, 2021

There are many financial aid opportunities out there to help you pay for college, but you may have a few questions too! From the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) basics and to current financial aid concerns related to COVID, this list covers what you need to know about student financial aid.
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month
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February is also Financial Aid Awareness Month – which means you can celebrate this very important component of the college search process all month long. It’s the perfect time to complete the FAFSA, assess your financial aid package and get the most bang for your buck at your top college choices. In honor of Financial Aid Awareness Month and, of course, in hopes to help you better understand and assess all your options, we've listed some resources you can use to learn more about financial aid:

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What's the FAFSA? A General Overview

Get your answers on what the form is and how to start the process. • The Beginner's Guide to Financial Aid2021 – 2022 Financial Aid and FAFSA State DeadlinesWhy Should I Complete the FAFSA?Get Your Share of $150 Billion in Financial Aid What's the FAFSA? And Why You Should CareAfter the FAFSA: What to Do Once You've Submitted Yours

Financial Aid, FAFSA + COVID Impact: Resources

The COVID19 pandemic has influenced financial aid for college students and for high school seniors looking to complete their FAFSA. These articles will help you navigate these changes and find financial aid solutions. • College Students, Phase-Two of Emergency Financial Aid GrantsCOVID and the FAFSA: What Students, Parents Need to KnowFAFSA Apps Down, States Push Completions with Competitions

Filling Out Your FAFSA

What do you need to fill out the FAFSA? We’ve got the answers. • FAFSA ChecklistQuick Tips for Filing Your FAFSA

FAFSA Fumbles

It’s ok to make a mistake – even on the FAFSA. Get our advice on what to do about it. • 10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid Could You Be Giving Away Too Much on the FAFSA? Should You Pay for FAFSA and Loan Services Help?

Financial Aid 101

Don’t know your SAR from your EFC? We’ve got you covered! • Financial Aid GlossaryThe Beginner's Guide to Financial Aid15 Questions to Ask Your Financial Aid OfficeDropping Out Means Paying Back Financial AidGuide to Financial Aid Award LettersMaking Sense of Your EFC

Financial Freak Outs: Q & A

When it comes to paying for school, things don’t always go as planned. They’re not always black and white, either. With these articles, we clear up some of the concerns you may have about your circumstances. • How to Deal If Your Parents Won't PayFederal Financial Aid and the Independent Student How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24? How does divorce affect eligibility for student financial aid?Income and Financial Aid Eligibility Questions About the FAFSA Which parent is responsible for completing the financial aid application? Does Filing a FAFSA Obligate You in Any Way?
Are Parents Responsible for Repaying a Child's Student Loans?
What to Do If Your Application for a FSA ID is Rejected? Financial Aid without Filing the FAFSA?

Financial Aid Resources by Student Type

Find guidelines for your particular ethnicity, nationality, race, orientation and circumstances. • Financial Aid for Older & Nontraditional StudentsFinancial Aid for Students with DisabilitiesFinancial Aid for Minority StudentsFinancial Aid for Female StudentsFinancial Aid for Jewish StudentsFinancial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender StudentsFinancial Aid for Undocumented StudentsFinancial Aid for Canadian StudentsThe Basics of Financial Aid for Studying Abroad

All About Scholarships

Scholarships are forms of aid, too. Discover everything about scholarships, from how you can better fill out applications to maximizing your opportunities to win more. • Are Financial Aid and Scholarships the Same Thing?Winning A Scholarship, Insider Tips & SecretsScholarship Best PracticesFastweb's Scholarship Directory7 C's of Winning Scholarships$500 Scholarships: 3 Reasons They SparkleScholarship Scam Red Flags

All About Loans

Sometimes, you have to take out loans in order to pay for school – and that’s ok. Start your student loan journey with our helpful guides. • Student Loan GlossaryBorrowing for College: How Much is Too Much?Choosing an Education LoanShould You Prefer Your Preferred Lender List?

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