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  • Writer's pictureJeff Boron

Don't Be Sorry - Know These 5 Things About Financial Aid Eligibility

Here at Send Your Kids to College we aim to help all students and families of the WNY area better understand the college planning process. This season is known to us as "Form Season," as new college students must submit all necessary paperwork and applications for Federal Financial Aid. We touched last time on 5 Myths You May Have Thought Were True, but today we wanted to educate WNY on what will disqualify someone from Financial Aid. This is just as important, so don't make any of these mistakes, or you'll miss out.

Non Filing the FAFSA

This is the most self explanatory mistake a future college student can make. In order to recieve financial aid, you must demonstrate the need for finances. The way the federal government calculates this is based off your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The government isn't all though, as many private scholarships and loan programs rely on the FAFSA information to calculate need and how much aid they are willing to provide. We encourage everyone to file FAFSA, and we can help you if need be.

Conviction of Certain Crimes

Smaller offenses won't necessarily cut off a student from all aid, but it will limit programs they can qualify for, and how much money they could receive. A Criminal record can impede the ability to get financial aid, including but not limited to; incarceration, misdemeanors, arrests and obviously more serious crimes.

Not a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident

So long as you are an American citizen, you are eligible. There are certain non-citizens who are able to qualify, but most will require citizenship or a green cared. Ensure you do proper research if you have questions about citizenship and your FAFSA. We can answer any questions you may have.

No Diploma? No GED? No Aid.

The federal government won't qualify anybody who can't prove they are able to complete a high school or equivalent program. In order to qualify for federal aid for a college or university, the student must prove they have a high school diploma, GED, approved home school program, or enrolled in an eligible career pathway program.

Males Must Be Registered with Selective Service

This is odd, but you may not know this one. Males are required, despite the U.S. not drafting men into the armed forces for 50-some years, to be registered with the Selective Service in order to be eligible for financial aid. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Call or fill out our form if you have any questions regarding FAFSA!

We are here to answer any questions or concerns you have about FAFSA, New York State TAP, or the CSS Profile. We can take all the work off your hands should you choose, and complete all necessary paperwork on your behalf.. Just fill out our contact form or give us a call to find out how!


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