The college search is an exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking time—for parents as well as students. There are so many things to do to prepare to send your child off to college. One “to-do list” item many parents dread is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We’re here to help alleviate some of that FAFSA anxiety. Keep these tips in mind.
It’s not as bad as you think and we’re here to help.
Both you and your student will need a PIN.
This allows you to electronically sign the FAFSA and gain access to federal student aid websites. You can get a pin at www.pin.ed.gov.
The FAFSA is free.
Don’t pay to submit the form or have anyone complete the form for you. If you need assistance, contact our office. File your FAFSA at: www.fafsa.gov.
It’s OK to use estimated information.
You don’t need to wait to complete your tax return before submitting your FAFSA. Use the best information you have available. You’ll be able to update your FAFSA once you’ve filed your taxes.
Submit your FAFSA by February 15.
We recommend this deadline to ensure you’re eligible for all available funds. You can submit your FAFSA at any time, but we recommend you do it early to help you plan.
Have the information you need before you start.
This includes your PIN, social security numbers, 2014 federal tax returns –or estimates, bank and brokerage statements.
Make sure both the parent and student sign the FAFSA.
The FAFSA won’t be processed until both the parent and student provide a PIN or signature.
Review your Student Aid Report.
This is your confirmation that your FAFSA was processed and provides important follow up information. It also provides instructions on how to update your FAFSA, if needed.
Make sure your student reads any email sent by the FAFSA processor or the financial aid office. Requests for additional information will be sent to the email address he or she submitted on the admission application.
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2014-15 Scholarship Opportunities for Upper Peninsula Seniors
Up to Full-Tuition
Upper Peninsula students can earn non-competitive Albion scholarships of up to $94,000 awarded at up to $23,500 per year. These scholarships are based on academic achievement and are awarded at the time a student is accepted for admission. Additionally, there are two major, competitive, Albion scholarships which Upper Peninsula students may receive.
James A. and Verle A. Klungness, ’50 Scholarship
Each year, three students from the Upper Peninsula will be selected to receive a James A. and Verle A. Klungness, ’50 Scholarship. Each scholarship, when combined with any Michigan and Federal grant to which a student is entitled, covers the full cost of tuition, at Albion College. Preference in the competition is given to students from Iron Mountain or Kingsford High School and secondary preference is given to students from Dickinson County or elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula.
William H. Anderson ’37 and Clifford G. Anderson ’37 Scholarship
Each year, one student from the Upper Peninsula will be selected to receive a William H. Anderson ’37 and Clifford G. Anderson ’37 Scholarship. Each scholarship when combined with any Michigan and Federal grants and other scholarships to which the student is entitled covers the full cost of tuition at Albion College. Preference in the competition is given to students from Ewen-Trout High School with secondary preference given to students from elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula.
- By email or phone call, notify your enrollment counselor - Corey Grazul (517) 630-1811
- that you wish to be considered.
- Apply for admission before November 15th
- Before November 15th, prepare and submit to Corey an essay of 400-500 words in which you describe how living in the Upper Peninsula has shaped your life.
- Participate in a scholarship interview.
- If you have been selected to receive the scholarship, expect to be notified no later than January 15th.
- Indicate your acceptance of the scholarship and commitment to attend Albion within ten days of notification.
Dates and Deadlines (Current Students)
The following are key dates and deadlines you'll need to remember during the financial aid process.
May 1: FAFSA recommended deadline
We encourage you and your parents to complete your IRS tax returns two to three weeks prior to completing your FAFSA so you may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when submitting your information.
Mid-May: Albion begins sending award notifications to continuing students
July 1: Recommended deadline for scholarship thank-you letters
August 1: Deadline for completing your financial aid requirements in order to have aid on your student account before your fall payment is due.
Student Account Bill
You've got your financial aid, you've developed your plan, now it's time to put it all together on your student account bill.
Getting Your Bill
In early July the College begins sending notification of your bill. This notification is sent as an email to you. If you'd like to have your parents get a copy you'll need to set them up as authorized users. If you're an entering student, you can do that at SOAR or by logging into ACIS and visiting the eBill section.
Understanding Your Bill
The charges reflected are only for the fall semester. Your financial aid offer and your financing plan are for the whole year, so the numbers will be different. Your bill will include your tuition, fees, room and board charges.
Financial Aid on Your Bill
Some of your financial aid will be reflected on your bill.
Some won't -- here's why:
Federal funds cannot be credited to your student account until ten days before the start of the semester. That includes, Pell and Supplemental Grants, Perkins and Direct Loans.
Michigan Tuition Grant funds will be applied when the State confirms your eligibility.
If you haven't completed all the requirements, we can't put funds on your account.
What Does 'Authorized Financial Aid' Mean?
These funds are all set and ready to pay. We are waiting until ten days before the beginning of the semester to put the funds on your student account (it's a federal rule, we can't put it on until then). These funds are already subtracted from the amount due on your bill.
What Are 'Memo Items'?
These are funds that are in process, meaning you are eligible for them, but you haven't completed all the requirements yet. In order to have these funds credited to your student account you need to complete the requirements—you can view those in your ACIS account.