Finacial Aid and FAFSA Information for Seniors and Senior Parents
The time is NOW to be filling out your FAFSA and applying for other sources of financial aid.
February 01, 2013
Seniors and Senior Parents:
By now most of you have applied and been accepted your post-secondary school of choice. Now it is time to start applying for financial aid. Financial aid is money available from federal, state, university and private sources to help students and their families meet college costs. Financial aid will help pay for direct educational costs such as tuition, books and fees, as well as personal living expenses such as housing, food and transportation. Financial aid is designed to assist students with paying for the cost of attending college. Most SN students have been applying for local scholarships throughout the school year, and many have received school sponsored scholarships from the colleges they have chosen to attend. However, there may be much more money available to those who complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All students who plan on attending college should submit a FAFSA to determine if they are eligible for several grant and loan opportunities offered by the federal government.
The quickest and easiest way to fill complete the FAFSA is to take the following documents to the financial aid department of the school you are planning to attend, and they will help you complete the FAFSA and make sure it is done correctly.
Documents you will need to complete the FAFSA:
- Student's Social Security card. It is important that you enter your Social Security Number correctly!
- Student's driver's license (if any)
- Parent's 2012 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Your Parents' 2012 Federal Income Tax Return if Completed (Tax information can be retrieved electronically through IRS database if taxes have been completed already)
- Student/Parent 2012 untaxed income records
- Student/Parent current bank statements (Don't have to have these...you can just estimate amounts in account)
- Student/Parent current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
If you wish to complete the FAFSA on your own go to
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and click "Start A New FAFSA"
Additional Links and Info:
The basics of the financial aid are outlined at: http://www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/
There is also a very informative (and fairly short) slideshow available at: http://www.dhe.mo.gov/
Northwest Missouri State University Financial Aid Website: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/
Missouri Western Financial Aid Website: http://www.missouriwestern.
University of Missouri-Columbia Financial Aid Website: http://financialaid.missouri.
Central Missouri Financial Aid Website: http://www.ucmo.edu/sfs/
North Cenral Mo College Financial Aid Website: http://www.ncmissouri.edu/
If you have any questions regarding the FAFSA or the financial aid process in general please don't hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to assist you in anyway that I can.
- Mr. Wray