For many parents, college may have been just out of reach. However, through your sacrifice and care, your children have been afforded the opportunity to pursue higher education. But how can you help your child through an experience you did not have?
Here is where to start:
- Be honest with your teen about what you can afford. The goal for college is for your student to FINISH. Try not to sell them a dream that will put your family in debt or become unsustainable.
- Talk to your teen about what they want to study in college. They might not know – THAT’S FINE! Most students have no idea what they want to do in their future career.
- Gather your tax documents from the previous year and keep them in a safe place. You will need them to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). This is a mandatory application for all students that enables the school to determine your financial need.
- Register for one of our College Prep for Parents workshops!
FAFSA. Apply for aid
Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for those who wish to apply for financial aid. There is no cost to apply, but the student must do so each year that they require assistance.
At Retention Strategies Unlimited, LLC., we are committed to helping you maximize all of the options available. Don’t allow your self to get overwhelmed with the “how to” or perhaps even miss out on opportunities that you may not know exist. Download our FAFSA Worksheet and the take a moment to contact us. Like FAFSA, we can help you discover tools and programs that will make enhance the start of your college journey.
Your GPA is the key to earning scholarships. If your GPA is 3.0+ you have a great chance of earning FREE scholarship money.
This is not true. There are several accredited State and Community colleges that offer competitive degrees. These institutions are much cheaper and accessible.
Accredited vocational/technical colleges are available throughout the country. Please note: Many vocational/technical colleges do not receive federal funding. Therefore, they have limited funds to offer direct scholarships. Click Here.
Yes. There are several vocational/technical career scholarships. Click Here.
The FAFSA requires you report your parents’ income from last year. Families face financial issues within one year. If your financial status has changed due to unemployment, another child, etc., reach out to the school’s Financial Aid Office and inquire about their Financial Package Appeal process. You might have to write a letter explaining your financial issues.