Financial Aid and College Applications

Overview

Financial Aid and College Applications

This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes four sessions that address financial aid literacy, completing the FAFSA, and preparing college applications. Parents and students need assistance in navigating the complexities of financial aid and the college admission process. School counselors, in collaboration with principals, teachers, and college access professionals, can guide parents and students through these processes to increase student access to education after high school. This module focuses on how school counselors and college access professionals can support parents and students in navigating financial aid and successfully preparing for postsecondary admissions and applications.

The term “college” is used throughout this course to refer to any postsecondary education or training at a Pell-eligible educational institution beyond the high school level, including those that offer apprenticeship programs, certificates, and associate and/or bachelor degree programs.

Session 1: Guiding Parents and Students Through the Complexities of Financial Aid

Guiding Parents and Students Through the Complexities of Financial Aid unravels the complexities of financial aid, including terminology, and strategies to help parents and students understand the total cost of postsecondary education. The session also covers best sources of financial assistance, including grants, loans and scholarships.

Session 2: Assisting With the Financial Aid Process

Assisting with the Financial Aid Process teaches participants the process parents and students need to follow to complete the FAFSA, what information is needed, what financial aid terminology means and what types of aid can be received based on the FAFSA.

Session 3: Preparing for College Admissions Tests

Preparing for College Admissions Tests helps participants plan ways to help students prepare for college admissions tests. This session also addresses fees and waivers, test-taking strategies, practice tests, and helping parents and students understand what scores mean.

Session 4: College Admissions: Application Process

College Admissions: Application Process trains counselors to assist students in completing the application process for the postsecondary schools they are interested in.