Student Financial Aid

Outreach Program Descriptions

The Financial Aid Process (1 – 1 ¼ hour)

Many students and parents consider finances the biggest barrier to college. This session outlines the financial aid process and provides insight on ways to maximize access to financial aid to help pay for college. It introduces the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), summarizes state and federal aid programs, and identifies trusted sources of information.

FAFSA on The Web (FOTW) Step-by-Step (1 hour)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to apply for most federal and state and many institutional financial aid programs, including the Federal Pell Grant and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) financial aid programs. This session provides a detailed review of the FAFSA that includes:

  • What information is required to complete the form
  • Student eligibility and dependency questions
  • How to avoid common mistakes in completing the form
  • Applying for the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
  • IRS data retrieval process
  • Making corrections
  • Checking application status

Financial Literacy/Money Management (1 hour)

This presentation outlines ways college students can manage their financial resources and promotes financial responsibility and wise borrowing. Students will work on budgeting, money-saving techniques, financial goals, minimizing debt and savings concepts. In addition, this presentation will guide students through the concepts of credit, touching on the advantages and disadvantages of credit cards, along with understanding why credit is important and how it can impact almost every major life decision.

Early Awareness
  • 6th – 8th Grade Students – Four Steps to College (45 minutes – 1 hour) This presentation outlines four easy steps students should keep in mind as they transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college.
  • Parents – The Road to College (45 minutes to 1 hour) It is never too early to start planning for college. This presentation outlines the college and financial aid processes and provides tips and tools parents can use to learn more about planning, applying and paying for a postsecondary education.