Everyone Must Fill Out the FAFSA!

Federal Student Aid

The following helpful information is re-printed in part from FastWeb!, an internet search site for scholarships. Click here for a direct link to FAFSA
What is FAFSA? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The federal government uses this form to determine your eligibility for financial aid, which includes: grants, work-study, scholarships and loans. 
Why fill it out? The FAFSA is used to determine how much aid you're eligible for. Think of it this way: FAFSA ->> EFC-* Financial Need-* Financial Aid
EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution. Your family must contribute this amount in the coming year to your college costs, according to the government's calculation. 
How does it work? Your prospective college will try to meet your financial need through aid made up of funds from federal, state, school and private sources. This may include loans, grants, scholarships and student employment.

FAFSA Process: 1-2-3!
The three steps to apply for federal aid:
Step 1: Assemble forms needed to complete FAFSA
You'll need the following to fill out the form:
--Social security number
--Current bank statements
--Driver's license (if any)
--Current mortgage and investment records (if any)
--Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)
--2007 federal tax return (estimates are OK on tax questions)
--2007 untaxed income records (if any)
--2007 W2 forms and other record of money earned
--Parents' 2007 income tax return (if considered dependent)
Step 2: Complete the FAFSA
--Complete a FAFSA on the Web at: www.fafsa.ed.gov
--In order to maximize your amount of aid, fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible
after January 1.
--Once finished, print the FAFSA summary as well as the "Submission
Confirmation" page (or write down your confirmation number and date). If
completing the paper version, make a copy for your records.
Step 3: Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)
The SAR is proof that your FAFSA was received. You should receive your electronic SAR in 1-3 days if you signed with your PIN (paper: 2-3 weeks).
What if I find errors on my SAR?
--Report errors immediately to your financial aid office. You can also make
corrections online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
--If you don't receive your SAR in 3-4 weeks, call 1-800-433-3243
(1-800-4-FED-AID).

Additional FAFSA Tips
--Remember that the FAFSA if FREE! If you need help, ask your financial aid
office or call the FAFSA Help Desk at: 1-800-4-FED-AID.
--Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, and each successive
year once you're in college: Early submission maximizes chances of receiving
aid.
--Fill out a "FAFSA on the Web" worksheet: Click "Before Beginning a FAFSA,"
then "Print a Pre-Application Worksheet." Use the print-out as a guide before
committing answers online.
--DO NOT enter online answers directly from the paper FAFSA! Online FAFSA
questions are in a different order than the paper version!
--Sign the application: If you are filing as a dependent, make sure your parents
sign too. You can use your PIN if signing electronically.
--Save your FAFSA online if you can't finish it in one session: Click the
"SAVE" button at the bottom of each step to save info for 45 days.
--Don't leave a field blank. If a question doesn't apply, enter "0."
--Make or print a copy of your FAFSA for your records.

PIN: Your Key to Online Identification
The Personal Identification Number (PIN) is the code that the U.S. Department of Education uses to identify you online. A PIN allows you to do the following on a FAFSA:
--Check the status
--Make corrections
--Fill out an online renewal form next year
--Electronically sign to speed up the process
To obtain a PIN, eligible students AND parents can visit www.pin.ed.gov (students and parents can each receive their own PINs). Click on "Apply for PIN" near the top of the page. Allow 4 hours for PIN instructions to be sent via e-mail.
Do not reveal your PIN to anyone. The PIN allows anyone to electronically sign federal student aid documents and access your confidential information.

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1. Zinch.com

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5. Scholarships.com

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Army Aviation Credit Union Scholarship

Army Aviation Credit Union Scholarship

Deadline March 30th

University of Montevallo

The President's Outdoor Scholars Program
William Crawford, University of Montevallo
Will Lyman House
Station 6230, Montevallo, AL 35115
1-205-665-6216
wcrawford1@montevallo.edu
www.outdoorscholars.montevallo.edu

Central Alabama Community Foundation - Scholarship

Central Alabama Community Foundation - Scholarship
For information go to the website: www.cacfinfo.org
or contact Lynne Broach 334-264-6223

University of Alabama Theatre and Dance

The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences
UA Theatre & Dance
For more information visit
www.theatre.ua.edu

Mercer University School of Engineering

Annual Scholarship Challenge at Macon, Georgia Campus
November 12th, 2016
Schultz_sr@mercer.ed
Contact Dr. Scott Schultz: 478-301-2840

University Theatre and Dance Auditon, Interview, and Scholarship Day

Information visit www.theatre.us.edu
Specific Program Areas, Contact Information:
Audition Coordinator:  Stacy Alley205-348-6247, slalley@ua.edu
Musical Theatre:  Raphael Crystal 205-348-8856, rcrystal@usa.edu
Technical Theatre Randy deCelle 205-348-6243, rdcellle@usa.edu
Scene Design:  Andy Fitch 205-348-3842, dmeester@ua.edu
Acting Seth Panitch 205-348-3845, spanitch@ua.edu
Lighting, Sound Design 205-348-6253, wteague@ua.edu