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Counselor Connection September 2017

Follow these tips to find student financial aid For students who are thinking about college, these tips may help them receive more money to pay for their education. 1. Complete the (FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to apply for state and federal student aid. File online at www.fafsa.gov for the fastest response. 2. Visit www.alstudentaid.com and click on Students and Parents. 3. Talk with their school counselor, who can help them find financial aid. 4. Look for local scholarships in their newspaper. Community organizations and businesses may provide scholarships to local students. they qualify. Federal loans are generally better deals than private loans, but compare interest rates and repayment terms carefully.

5. Talk with a financial aid officer at the school they plan to attend to learn about any aid the school has available.

7. Apply, apply, apply. The more financial aid for which they apply, the better their chances of getting enough aid to pay for college. Make sure they meet all deadlines.

6. Reduce their student loan costs. Take out loans only after they have received all the free aid — grants, scholarships and work-study — for which

KHEAA–Alabama publishes the Counselor Connection to share information about student financial aid, college preparation and college planning. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please send them to publications@kheaa.com.

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