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On this March 12, 2014 episode we discuss the importance of the filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA ASAP with Andrew Viscariello of Black Hawk College. In addition, we are discussing three appeal types when it comes to you or your students financial aid.
Guided by we talk with Mary Lawson, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Western Illinois University (@WIUNews) , First we cover the Estimated Cost of Attendance, or ECA/COA appeals, and how to appeal that if you feel the cost profile is too low. Next, she discusses how to appeal your initial Expected Family Contribution number, or EFC and your Financial Aid Award Letter, if it does not reflect your current financial circumstances.
Next, we talk to Angeles Fuentes of California State University, Monterey Bay, about Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP Appeals and how most financial aid office’s deal with those appeals.
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This January 1st, 2014 episode we talk about college costs and the ever increasing debt load being taken on by families, and how sites like CollegeAbacus are helping parents to compare prices.
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I was once asked what to do if a student loses their financial aid. Its a question that is familiar to me, as I have been there myself. I have lost my financial aid before due to circumstances beyond my control and felt helpless. But once I figured out what options were available to me I was able to take control and get my financial aid back fast. It can seem daunting to most students, and many will simply give up and never return to school at all. If you are a current college student, and have lost your financial aid eligibility, it can be game changer. Given the high cost of education, financial aid is not just preferred, it is necessary to make it through college.
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