Starting in October of their senior year, students and their parents/legal guardians should begin completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) if they plan on attending a 2 or 4-year college, vocational or technical school the following fall.  Applying for financial aid is free.  If you are asked to pay money, you are on the wrong website!  Remember to to check  the priority deadline for each college in which you are applying!

Take a look at these resources prior to your Senior Year!

  • Federal Student Aid – Great resource that covers how to prepare for college, types of aid available, how to apply and more!
  • FAFSA4Caster – Plan ahead!  Estimate your eligibility for federal student aid.

You are a Senior!  Now it is time to apply for financial aid!

  • FAFSA:  Everything you need to know for the 2019-20 application.
  • FSA ID – The first step in applying for free student aid!  Students and parents are required to use a FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.
  • FAFSA – Federal Application for Free Student Aid.
  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile – Fee based financial aid form by College Board requested by several colleges in addition to the FAFSA. Fee waiver if qualify.

Resources to help you as you apply….

If you need more personalized help, you may contact:  Tony Bellk, Educational Counselor, (757) 683-2312,  jbelk@odu.edu from the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education.  Their services are free.  They have an office located at the Peninsula Higher Education Center: 600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2200, Hampton, VA 23666

Please note:  It is recommended that private student loans be used as a last resort. Make sure to apply for student aid through the FAFSA and scholarships first.

Don’t forget to search for Scholarships.  Scholarships = Free Money!