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Financial AidFinancial Aid<div class="ExternalClass313505A8033B4736BF5DFD0CF1EE4447">There are many different types of Financial Aid and it can come from many different sources, which is why we are trying to make it easier to understand! We offer individualized assistance, FAFSA small groups, and larger group workshop sessions to help find funding and apply for financial aid. Visit our <a href="https://phoenixpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/list?df=list&nd=120&et=18" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="color:#0072c6;">Workshops</strong></a> page to find and sign up for upcoming FAFSA small groups and workshops. One-on-One <a href="https://tiny.cc/CDrequest" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="color:#0072c6;">Appointments</strong></a> may also be made specifically for completing the FAFSA. Make sure to check out the different links on this page and also our <span style="color:#0072c6;text-decoration:underline;"><strong><a href="/collegedepot/resources" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0072c6;">Resources</span>​</a></strong></span> page to learn even more about the difference between loans and grants, or to answer some questions about the FAFSA and what that even means!​<br><br></div>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Overview of the Financial Aid ProcessAn Overview of the Financial Aid Processhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_iS7gmQd9o<div class="ExternalClass3B5A2822EC8447F3A6257FF7468AA438">Are you ready to attend college or career school, but need financial aid to help fund your education? Check out this video to learn how the office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds.​<br></div>7
Different Types of Federal Student AidDifferent Types of Federal Student Aidhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn4OECMTh5w<div class="ExternalClassF85859D1617E4514ACB8FC552C9AC3A9">If you need help paying for college or career school, the office of Federal Student Aid can assist you with getting the money you need. Check out this video to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education.<br></div>8
FAFSA OverviewFAFSA Overviewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUis5lityCQ<div class="ExternalClassB8484C68553542759B7D8F7D9A1E9799">​Check out this video to learn how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to grants, loans and work-study jobs that can help fund your education.<br></div>5
How to Create an FSA IDHow to Create an FSA IDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1Pn-shze8<div class="ExternalClass59DB3D8E84CF4D18A731BE3D0F51434B"><span dir="auto">This video will walk you through the process of creating your own FSA ID. An FSA ID is simply a username and password combination, which can be used to securely log in to U.S. Department of Education websites like https://StudentAid.gov​ and https://fafsa.gov​. If you plan to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form when it becomes available on October 1, you (and your parent if you're a dependent student) should create an FSA ID as soon as possible. ​</span><br></div>4
How to Determine Your Dependency StatusHow to Determine Your Dependency Statushttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbxaRjlLus<div class="ExternalClass47277E8E30224FDBB39C2FB6905C4679"><p>Are you ready to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but are unsure whether you'll need to provide parental information on the form? Check out this video to help you determine whether you're an independent or dependent student.​<br></p></div>6
What Happens After the FAFSA?What Happens After the FAFSA?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c1gNefSw78<div class="ExternalClass35FAAC4561414DCCB8F24CD8C31DF2C0"><p>​Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are wondering what happens next? Check out this video to learn what to expect after completing the FAFSA.​<br></p></div>9

 

 

FSA IDFSA IDhttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=63<div class="ExternalClass84A2456A1A5F4E4C96F91290E0A10989">​Creating an FSA ID is your first step in the process toward receiving student aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are a dependent student, you and your parent will both need to create a FSA ID. You will need an email address, your social security number and some other basic information. This can take 1-3 days to process, which can block you out of your FAFSA until the processing is complete so plan accordingly. If a parent has more than one child submitting a FAFSA application, they can use the same FSA ID to electronically sign all applications. If a student does not have a​​ FSA ID by the time they fill out the FAFSA, they will be prompted to apply for one. This process can be daunting, so let us help! Schedule an appointment today!<br></div>https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htmNew Window
The FAFSAThe FAFSAhttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=64<div class="ExternalClassE054CD856B2E46978036F08027E9900A">Created an FSA ID?  The next step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is important to complete the FAFSA early in order to receive maximum consideration for free money. The FAFSA becomes available on October 1st of each year and will require student and/or parent tax information from the previous year. For more information, check out this comprehensive guide to Filling out the FAFSA linked below, and then contact us for a workshop or FAFSA small group, where we will walk you through completing the FAFSA.<br></div>https://fafsa.ed.gov/New Window
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=65<div class="ExternalClass66325001068F437BB9B9F79940BFE847">​Students and families are expected to contribute to the cost of college to the extent of what they are able. The FAFSA uses a complex formula to estimate what a student and family can contribute to the overall cost of college. The Estimated Family Contribution or EFC is a number that the government and most schools use when assessing how much aid a student is eligible to receive. Your can view your EFC as soon as your FAFSA is submitted. Even if you are unsure whether or not you will qualify for any government aid, it is a good idea to complete the FAFSA so that you and your school can view your EFC.​​​​<br></div>https://studentaid.gov/complete-aid-process/how-calculatedNew Window
Eligibility for Federal Student AidEligibility for Federal Student Aidhttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=701<div class="ExternalClass380FB17627344B2CB1CFE8416BC04FF5"><p>​Wondering if you qualitfy for federal ​student aid?  Check out this infographic to learn more.<br></p></div>https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/eligibility.png?_ga=2.146135857.447071682.1615493884-432752095.1594419497New Window
Determining Dependency StatusDetermining Dependency Statushttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=702<div class="ExternalClass399BD7D27FC54807BE3E6BD7557F264D"><p>Have questions about your dependecy status?  Click to learn if you are a dependent student or an independent student on the FAFSA.<br><br></p></div>https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/dependency-status.png?_ga=2.155571262.447071682.1615493884-432752095.1594419497New Window
Who is My Parent When Filling Out the FAFSA?Who is My Parent When Filling Out the FAFSA?https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=703<div class="ExternalClass46AA8B99E8724B86B0CEE384746FE570"><p>​Dependent students are required to report parent information on the FAFSA.  Find out the specific info you will need.<br></p></div>https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/who-is-my-parent.png?_ga=2.181304354.447071682.1615493884-432752095.1594419497New Window

 

 

 

 

Calculating Financial Aidhttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=705https://studentaid.gov/complete-aid-process/how-calculatedCalculating Financial AidCalculating Financial AidNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClass65D565912819451C81BB5666754824E9"><p>​How is financial aid calculated and determined?  Click to find out details and specific information about the process.<br></p></div>
Federal Student Loanshttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=71https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loansFederal Student LoansLoansNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClass98056BDED9E14CE8AFE009DB5B4698AB"><p>​Learn what types of federal students loans may be available to you.<br></p></div>
Grantshttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=66https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grantsGrantsTypes of Financial AidNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClass8D3949E31A7E462ABCBCC11A43B88B9F">Grants are <span lang="EN">free money</span> awarded to q​ualified students. The <span lang="EN">Pell G​rant</span> is the most common grant awarded by the FAFSA and is based on your EFC. The Pell, any state grants that may be offered, or even school grants, can be renewed every year by completing your FAFSA before your state's priority deadline. Come in to the College Depot, we can help!<br></div>
Scholarshipshttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=706https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/scholarshipsScholarshipsScholarshipsSame Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClassE388626808E14C5C9BF113850B6E2207"><p>​Learn about finding and applying for scholarships to help pay for your educational goals.<br></p></div>
The Pell Granthttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=70https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pellThe Pell GrantGrantsNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7
Work-Studyhttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=704https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/work-studyWork-StudyWork-StudyNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClass2BDD6B6161B54D56A7D5765D190105B4"><p>​Find out more about the federal work-study program.<br></p></div>
College Depot Scholarships Pagehttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=72/collegedepot/scholarshipsCollege Depot Scholarships PageScholarshipsSame Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7
Loanshttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=67https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loansLoansTypes of Financial AidNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClass1199C2B93D1A478A88B4508C837AA16A">​Loans are funds provided to students (or parents in the case of the Parent PLUS Loan) and must be repaid. Some student loan programs require financial need while others do not. There are two types of loans that students will be eligible for immediately upon completion of the FAFSA, which are: the <span lang="EN">Direct Subsidized Sta​fford Loan and the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. </span>Be sure to read up on the differences between these two loans, and speak with your Financial Aid counselor to sign up or find out information on other private or institutional loan options.<br></div>
Work-Studyhttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=68https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/work-studyWork-StudyTypes of Financial AidNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClassE67750B7677D4C8DAE74635EDA8A919B">​Unlike grants or loans, the Federal Work-Study program is awarded throughout the semester, through student employment. Students can work on campus and earn funds which can be put toward a student's educational expenses, while the student gains beneficial work experience. If interested, be sure to designate so while completing the FAFSA.<br></div>
Scholarshipshttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=69https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/scholarshipsScholarshipsTypes of Financial AidNew Window0x0100B7E011FE46583C4E8C35CBD368DCEE8D0079739691E7ACA5418776612748C8B5B7<div class="ExternalClassF0A99213FA9E478289BC1C6ABAF763E3">​Scholarships are different from the rest because they can be obtained from many different places and can be need-based or merit-based. Most scholarships require a separate application as well as other materials (e.g. essays, letters of recommendation, etc.) a​nd can be  one time only or renewable each year. Make sure to call or visit College Depot with any Scholarship questions and make sure to check out our <span lang="EN"><a href="/collegedepot/scholarships" target="_blank">Scholarships​</a> page </span>for a rotating list of upcoming opportunities<br>​<br>​<br></div>