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Paying for College with Grants & Scholarships

Paying for College with Grants & Scholarships

College counselors will agree the Spring semester is the busiest time of the year for college seniors as they begin the student aid process.

The first step to begin the process is to apply for federal aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can access it online or obtain one from any college financial aid office. But hurry! Just like you, thousands of students are competing for the same funds, so aim to submit your FAFSA no later than April 1.

Student Aid Saturdays is offering free one-on-one help to assist students and families with the student aid process. Workshops are offered every weekend until March 5. You can find sites all over the city, including cafécollege.

If your school counselor hasn’t already alerted you of scholarship opportunities, then take the initiative to explore scholarship databases (see links below). Additionally, don’t forget to look at other avenues for reducing tuition costs. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

For student aid and college admissions workshops, visit cafécollege at 131 El Paso St.

Scholarship Databases
Fastweb
Federal Student Aid (Dept. of Education)
EmPowerment21

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