Gain an accurate understanding of the financial aid application process by taking a few moments to separate myth from fact!
Fact: Your parents’ citizenship status does not affect your eligibility for federal student aid. In fact, the FAFSA form doesn’t even ask about your parents’ citizenship status. Parents without SSNs should enter zeroes (000-00-0000) in the SSN fields on the FAFSA.
Fact: For Federal Direct Loans, your credit is not taken into consideration. A credit check is required for a parent(s) taking out a Federal Direct PLUS Loan. If you want to borrow money from a private source (such as a bank), a credit check most likely will be run.
Fact: When completing the FAFSA, you will answer 10 questions to determine if you need to include your parent’s information or not. Just because you support yourself does not mean they aren’t required to be listed.
Fact: There are so many funding opportunities in addition to grants. Remember, scholarships are awarded for many reasons aside from financial need. Most colleges and universities have work-study programs that can help you pay for college. You may be eligible for federal student loans as well.
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You can also meet with a Financial Aid Specialist. Request an appointment.