As you begin planning for college, you’re certain to evaluate how you’ll pay for college. For most families, part of this equation is financial aid. In order for students to be awarded financial aid, they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As Carolina Parent stated, “Applying for financial aid helps students venture to schools of their dreams they may not have been able to afford without such assistance.”
The importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not be first on your mind if you’re just beginning to plan for college. It is, however, an important form that students should complete during the application process. This is the form used to help determine your financial aid award, which can be a big help to students and families when it comes time to pay for college.
Colleges and universities are not one-size-fits-all, and you’ll want to determine the ones that most closely match your educational goals before applying. As you look ahead to college, there are many schools in North Carolina with a wide range of programs and costs.
Read on to learn which options could be the best choice for you! Here’s an overview of the types of institutions in North Carolina, and there’s even more detail available on each school on the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) website.
There was big news in the college community this year as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form changed it’s timeline. Students can now begin their FAFSA form as early as October 1, which is a shift from previous years. As Takeila Hall points in a Winston-Salem Journal article, the date change means that students can work on their applications and financial aid forms during the same period of time.
Amy Denton of College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) explains what the FAFSA is:
If you’re just starting to plan for college and the FAFSA is new to you,