FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Seniors and their families may apply for the FAFSA after January 1!

Preparation is the key to successfully completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the application for state, federal and college-specific financial aid. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for need-based financial aid, you should complete the FAFSA to qualify for low-interest student and parent loans.

Always contact the college(s) you applied to and ask for their FAFSA priority filing date.  Because some types of financial aid are awarded first-come, first-served, it’s important that you submit the FAFSA before that date.

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Its FAFSA timeDid you miss the LNE Financial Aid Night?  Do you need information about financial aid programs for college?

EducationQuest is providing three webinars on the following dates!Education Quest

Wednesday, December 16 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link

Monday, January 11 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link

Wednesday, January 13 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link

You can watch from the comfort of your own home as these webinars (approximately 1 hour long) explain the types of financial aid and how to complete the FAFSA.

To join a Webinar, simply click on the link under the desired date.

The password is college.

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Scholaship

Scholarships

The heart of scholarship season is October through March, during which time, seniors will have the most scholarship opportunities to pursue. However, it’s never too early to begin scholarship searches to learn what types of scholarships are available. While the majority of scholarships are aimed toward current seniors; the scholarship searches will alert younger students who use the scholarship searches about opportunities they may be eligible for.

When applying for scholarships, allow plenty of time to do the searches, contact references, obtain recommendation letters, obtain any necessary documentation, and complete the actual application.

Scholarship deadlines are important so allow enough time to complete  and submit applications in a timely manner. When requesting recommendation letters and/or asking individuals to be references, a two- to three-week time period should be given to those persons providing information about you. It also is helpful when students provide references with a copy of the scholarship they are applying for and a copy of their résumé.

Take time to research scholarship opportunities and to review scholarship tips available for creating the best application possible.