College Financial Aid: Getting Your Fair Share

The Clark Public Library is hosting a FREE seminar, College Financial Aid: Getting your Fair Share, on Monday, December 7 at 7 PM.

Applying to colleges is an exciting and emotional journey for you and your student. Figuring out how to pay for it can be a very stressful, time consuming process. Once college applications are finalized and mailed, the next step that many parents are unaware of, or are unprepared to do on their own, is completing and filing the federal financial aid forms including FAFSA, CSS Profile, and other school forms. Failure to file these forms, or doing so incorrectly or at the wrong time, can have a significant impact on how much you ultimately end up paying out of pocket for college.

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At this free, informative library workshop, Marie Mayer, Certified College Financial Aid Advisor, will demystify the new FSA ID registration process and completing the complicated FAFSA form and CSS Profile, and will explain how your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated. She will also cover:

  • early planning strategies that can help maximize financial aid
  • how income, real estate and savings affect aid eligibility
  • financial aid types and packages
  • the impact of parent vs. student assets on aid eligibility
  • comparing award letters from schools
  • maximizing scholarship opportunities

The ultimate goal of this casual and informative workshop is to provide families with the tools and knowledge necessary to receive their fair share of available federal and school financial aid. Questions are always welcome. Over the past 10 years Marie has helped hundreds of parents apply for and receive the maximum college financial aid. If you think you are not eligible for financial aid, you may be surprised at how much you may actually qualify for.

This seminar, hosted by the Clark Public Library, is scheduled for Monday, December 7 at 7:00 PM. Feel free to bring a spouse, your student, or a friend; all are welcome. You may register online by calling (908) 276-9140.