Thank you to Sharon Austin from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority for an extremely informative presentation on preparing for the financial aspects of higher education. Paying for college can be overwhelming, especially for parents who are unfamiliar with the process. Being organized and proactive are keys to ensuring that you do not miss any available financial assistance available. Completing the CSS Profile and FASFA early and accurately can dramatically alter the cost to you and your child, ensuring you get the maximum need-based aid available. Sharon also covered the details of subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, different federal and NJ State grants, a $5000 personal loan and a variety of loans specifically for parents. Be savvy when it comes to loans, they can really make or break you. It pays to be informed like this.
Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) – www.hesaa.org
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – https://fafsa.ed.gov/
College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile – https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/
New Jersey Grants and Scholarships – www.njgrants.org
UNIGO Scholarship Search – https://www.unigo.com/scholarships