Federal Student Aid
Procedures for applying for financial using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) have changed for the 2017-18 school year. To see a quick video that gives an overview of these changes, click here
to view a quick overview of the financial aid application process put together by Mrs. Sharp for Park Hill South students and families.
View a helpful video about completing the FAFSA by clicking here
. After viewing it, check out the additional videos suggested to the right on YouTube.
Visit this website to find out all you need to know about financial aid:
Note the helpful tabs on this site that explain the important elements of financial aid:
- Prepare for College: the sub-tabs of this pull-down menu are a useful planning tool for the steps of the college planning process.
- Types of Aid: One of the common misconceptions is that loans are the only type of financial aid and there is just one type of loan. Learn about the types of financial aid to make informed decisions about how to manage it.
- Who Gets Aid: This link lists some of the most common groups who have questions about financial aid eligibility, along with how to remain eligible for aid.
- FAFSA: Apply for Aid: This link actually helps you estimate the aid for which you will be eligible, prepare to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and access the FAFSA website to begin completing it (beginning Jan. 1 of the year you will begin postsecondary education after high school graduation, typically the fall after a senior graduates).
- Repay Your Loans: It is helpful to know how loan repayment works, how interested is calculated and what reasons one can delay payments even before you apply for financial aid.
FAFSA Frenzy helps thousands of Missouri students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid every year. The FAFSA is the primary form used by federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs in determining an individual's eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.
The 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be available in October 2016. High schools, colleges, and community organizations may host FAFSA Frenzy activities Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017. Visit dhe.mo.gov/ppc/ffsites.php to find a local FAFSA Frenzy event open to the public.
Students who attend a FAFSA Frenzy event will receive:
• Free professional assistance completing the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
• Free information regarding federal student aid programs and Missouri state aid programs.
• The chance to win a scholarship for attendance in a Missouri postsecondary program for the fall 2017 term.
What to bring to a FAFSA Frenzy event:
• Student and parent FSA ID information.
• List of schools to which the student has applied, been accepted, or is interested in attending.
• Student and parent 2015 W-2 forms and/or tax return copies. Parental information is required for most undergraduate students under the age of 24. (The definition of "Dependent Student" may be found in the glossary.)
After submitting a FAFSA, a College cost comparison worksheet is available to help students compare college costs and financial aid awards to help make a decision.
Other Financial Aid Resources
Finaid.org: This website is a guide to scholarship, loans and other types of aid to pay for college.
Mapping Your Future: This web resource offers online counseling and other resources related to applying for, receiving and paying back federal student aid.
Missouri Department of Higher Education: This site is the state of Missouri's resource for residents to learn about how to attend and pay for college.
Sallie Mae Planning for College: The agency that handles student loans