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5 Amazing Tips To Simplify The Financial Aid Process

Posted by ENC on Feb 5, 2015 3:00:00 PM

5_Tips_for_FInancial_AidWhen seniors in high school begin looking for colleges, the term “Financial Aid” enters the thought process and can create some stress and confusion. Check out 5 tips to help high school seniors and their families reduce potential confusion and pave a simpler path to the college of your choice.

  1. Complete The FAFSA Early: Complete the FAFSA to be ahead of the game. Students that submit their FAFSA on time or early typically get their award letter first and are considered for funds that are very limited (FSEOG, FWS). If you have not completed your tax return, you can estimate that information on the FAFSA. However, it could delay you being awarded, and you will be required to update your tax information.
  1. Updating Your FAFSA: If you estimated income tax information on your initial FAFSA, 3-6 weeks after you complete your taxes is when you need to update your FAFSA. Use the “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” to do this. If you are flagged for verification or your school needs extra documents, the “IRS DATA Retrieval Tool,” will help speed things up.  
  1. Take Both The SAT And ACT At Least Twice: The SAT tests for aptitude and the ACT tests for achievement. Typically a student tests better on one than the other. Many schools combine both of these test scores to use what is called “super scores.” Students who take tests a second time are more familiar with what to expect and have a better opportunity to increase their score. This can result in an increase in financial aid given to the student.
  1. Look For Outside Scholarships: There are many places to find college scholarships. Sometimes they can be found in places you may not expect. Check your city or town hall, student and parent employers, national and local businesses, civic clubs and of course scholarship search engines. You will need to do this every year you are in college.
  1. Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the financial aid office at the college you are considering or mention the award package is not sufficient for you to attend. Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease. You just may end up getting a few extra dollars or they may lead you to scholarships that you did not know about.

To learn more information about ENC’s small Christian college campus, contact an Admissions Counselor or the Office of Financial Aid. They can assist with questions about your application, programs, majors, financial aid and any other college related questions.

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Written by ENC

Located in Quincy, Massachusetts on Boston’s historic South Shore, Eastern Nazarene College is a distinctively Christian liberal arts college. ENC is committed to the teaching and mentoring of students in a nurturing, spiritually enriched, and academically supportive environment. Offering a full breadth of academic programs, ENC prepares students to lead and serve in a diverse world by integrating the best in education and the best in Christian faith.

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Topics: Applying for college, Financial Aid and Scholarships