If you’ve just started planning for college, one of the things that you’ll be thinking about are your college applications. College applications help schools get to know the student, and they do take a bit of time to complete. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help students and their families as they complete their applications. College Application Week is one of these.
When it comes time to apply for college,
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.
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,
Is your student planning on attending college this year? Take note of important changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) timeline. This year, students can begin to apply for financial aid as early as October 1. This is a shift from years past, so make sure you update your calendars!
“Completing and submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step to take in finding money to help pay for college.
“With over 100 colleges and universities across the Tar Heel state, both recent high school grads and returning learners are sure to find a place to continue their education.
The University of North Carolina System comprises 16 universities, including UNC-CH, NC State, NC Central University, NC A&T, UNC-Wilmington and Appalachian State. There are three dozen private colleges and universities to choose from, including Louisburg, William Peace, Duke, Davidson,