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Fill out the FAFSA.What is the best way to expedite your requests for more financial aid? Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. This document becomes available on October 1, and we recommend that students complete the form as soon as possible. The FAFSA application asks specific questions about your family’s financial circumstances, and the information that you provide will help federal, state, and college financial aid officers determine how much financial aid you should receive. When your school has your FAFSA on hand, they can get a quicker look at your circumstances. You may also be asked to fill out supplemental forms from your state and, or college. Complete these as well as they include questions that the FAFSA may not ask. Once you’ve completed your FAFSA, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Ask about COVID-19 Emergency Grants.In 2020 and early 2021, colleges and universities were given billions of dollars in funds through three different roll-outs of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). These funds were designated to help colleges and universities navigate expenses due to COVID disruptions but also go directly to students who were in need of emergency funding. Under HERFF III, colleges are permitted to disperse aid for students that qualify and need funding for: • Any component of their cost of attendance • Emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as: tuition; food; housing; health care (including mental); child careSponsored
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Get a financial aid appeal.Students and families will need to advocate for themselves throughout the financial aid application process. There may be events or circumstances that are not reflected on the FAFSA but directly complicate a student’s ability to pay for their education. The U.S. Department of Education states that the following may cause your FAFSA to be inaccurate: • A layoff; • Incarceration; • Reduction in hours worked; • A parent or guardian’s divorce or separation; • A serious illness or disability in your family, which causes a reduction in income or increased medical expenses; • A death in your family; or • Loss of income from a rental property, court settlement, or alimony. In the event that one of the above applies to you, answer all of the questions on the FAFSA. There will undoubtedly not be questions where you can state the above. That’s ok. Your next step after submitting the FAFSA will be contacting the colleges you have applied to in order to speak with a representative from the college to appeal your financial aid package. You will discuss the change in circumstances with a representative from the college, and they will amend your financial aid package as necessary. They may ask for proof of your circumstances, so be ready with the proper documentation.
Apply for SNAP and Discounted Internet.There are a few other benefits that students may qualify for if they’ve completed the FAFSA. The first are SNAP benefits, which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program works to help students and their families supplement their food budget in order to afford healthier meal options. SNAP eligibility has been extended under the Consolidated Appropriations Act to include: • Students that participate in a state funded work study program or the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program during the regular school year; or • have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year. Finally, Pell Grant recipients qualify for discounted Internet service as well as a one-time discount for a connected device. Monthly discounts for households can be as high as $75 off. These participating households can also get $100 the purchase of a new laptop, desktop, or tablet – as long as they contribute between $10 and $50 toward the new device.
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