Students and their families are often confused by the myriad ways to pay for college. How to bridge the gap between family funds, financial aid and the total cost of paying for college? Funding their college education shouldn’t be a mystery. FCAN’s Paying for College webinar series breaks it down so you can help reduce confusion for the students you guide. Having a better grasp of the funding landscape can help students build a sound plan to pay for their postsecondary education. Register today for Part 3 and Part 4.
Part II: Helping Students Understand How to Pay for College
- Daniel Barkowitz, Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid / Veteran’s Affairs, Valencia College
Opening remarks: Braulio Colón, Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives, Helios Education Foundation
FCAN host: Kathy McDonald, Assistant Director for Network Partnerships
Students are often confused with how to pay for college and may leave money on the table. From family funds to national, state and school-based aid, students (and their families) need help learning about the various sources of funds for college. Students who don’t qualify for Pell grants can think FAFSA is a waste of time, but they don’t realize that the institution they are interested in attending has an array of scholarships and grants available, and the FAFSA is the best way to find out if they qualify for much of this aid. There are also a multitude of local, regional and national organizations offering scholarships to eager students. Register for Part II in this series to learn about a simple resource to help students and their families understand all the various places to look to fund college and how to map out a plan.
In this session, you will learn:
- The “How to Pay for College” tool that you can use with students and parents to help them better understand the big picture of how their education beyond high school can be funded
- Where the major sources of funding come from so students can focus their efforts
- Why FAFSA is so important, even if a student doesn’t qualify for a Pell Grant
- Where to look for “gap funding” to cover what family savings and financial aid don’t cover
FCAN thanks the following for their generous support of this webinar series:
Webinar: Paying for College, Part 2: Helping Students Understand How to Pay for College
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1-2 p.m.