Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student Services

Financial Aid Advice

NASFAA:  National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
The NASFAA web site offers the most current advice on paying for higher education.
www.nasfaa.org/students/About_Financial_Aid.aspx

HESAA:  Higher Education Student Assistance Authority of New Jersey
HESAA is New Jersey's own go-to source for information about financial aid.  Advice about loans, grants, and scholarship programs for New Jersey residents is available here.
www.hesaa.org/Pages/GrantsandScholarshipsDetails.aspx

FinAid.org and Fastweb.com
FinAid.org offers comprehensive information about financial aid and scholarships.  The site has a strong reputation in the educational community for offering current and accurate information on student financial aid, and tools such as loan calculators.  It readily links to Fastweb.com, the companion scholarship search engine for students.
Visit www.finaid.org, and www.fastweb.com.

Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA:  Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
All families should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of their student's senior year in high school. Because colleges assign federal student aid on a first-come, first-serve basis, financial aid professionals universally recommend submitting this form as early as possible.  The form is free, and involves a completely online process.  It is available in both Spanish and English. As you begin the form, you will be prompted to create a personal identification number (PIN).  This number will allow you to sign in and out of your FAFSA account as required, and it will also serve as your electronic signature.
www.fafsa.ed.gov

CSS Profile
Families whose students apply to colleges accepting the CSS Profile financial aid form should complete the Profile form in addition to the FAFSA. If a college uses both forms to determine aid, then you should always complete both.  A service offered by College Board, the Profile form does have associated fees.

The Profile can be submitted as early as October of the student's senior year.  Check the list of colleges that accept the Profile.  If your schools are on the list, it is strongly recommended that you submit the form (in addition to FAFSA).  You'll find the application and a list of participating colleges that accept the Profile here
student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile.

Other Forms
Some educational institutions may require families to complete their own institution-specific financial aid form.   This is an infrequent practice, but one that you might encounter.  Any time a college requests a specific form or forms, you should make a point to comply with the request and do so. 

Scholarship Information

Fastweb.com
Fastweb.com is the companion scholarship web site to FinAid.org.  The site offers students the ability to search for nationally advertised scholarships.
www.fastweb.com

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Monmouth County, NJ and State of NJ Scholarship Information
News about scholarship contests advertised to county residents typically arrives at schools in the spring of senior year.   Local awards typically range from $500 to $1000 or more.  These are usually one-time grants from small civic organizations, and they are not typically renewed from year to year.  Local contests usually require writing an essay, completing an application, et al.  State and county-based scholarship offers may be found at
www.monmouthcountyscholarships.com.

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