It's back to school in Indiana and no one is more excited about the start of the school year than the seniors of 2012. This is their year. Their year to shine and enjoy all the benefits of being a senior in their school system. It is also their year to buckle down and decide what their future will bring them. Some will decide to head straight to the work force after high school, while others will decide that further education is needed to attain their future goals. If they choose to further their education, planning for the financing of their future starts now.
Many students know that to maximize their potential for Indiana student grants they have to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the March 10th filing deadline but many other steps along the way also help prepare them for paying for college. It's all the little things that count when it comes time to pay their college tuition bills next fall.
So what are the little things? UIndy has created a top ten list of things to remember as you begin to plan for financing your higher education. Remember we are always here to help with any of the steps along the way so give us a call or stop by if you need us. Our office is located in Esch hall 141 and we are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also reach us by phone at 317-788-3217.
We're here to help, so go out there and enjoy your senior year!
UIndy's top ten financial planning "Little Things"
1. Study, study, study. Getting good grades is still very important during your senior year. Enjoy all the fun times but make sure you still make time to stay on top of your studies.
2. Visit colleges now to begin to make your final college choice. We hope UIndy is at the top of the list!
3. Start researching scholarships now from community organizations, churches, professional organizations, etc that are in your community. Also look at national databases like www.fastweb.com.
4. Meet all application deadlines for admission to the college (s) of your choice and for scholarships.
5. File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid after January 1, 2012 but by March 10, 2012. March 10, 2012 is the Indiana deadline. You must file by this date to maximize your eligibility for Indiana student grants. You can file at www.fafsa.gov.
6. Find out if the college (s) you want to attend require a university financial aid application and complete it by the deadline date if required.
7. Quickly submit any additional documents that your college might need from you. Sometimes this might include copies of parent or student federal income tax forms. The school will notify you about what they need, but often you must do something to keep your application for financial aid moving along.
8. Review your financial aid award letter and visit or call the financial aid office if you are awarded anything you don't understand.
9. Understand what your approximate balance due will be after your financial aid is applied to your charges. Explore options for payment plans and/or loans if needed.
10. Work with your first choice school to make sure you have followed all the steps to financing your education and are on your way to being a college freshmen! We hope to see you at UIndy!