Helpful FAFSA and Financial Aid presentations:
Financial Aid 101 NACAC
HS FAFSA and Financial Aid Presentation Northern Virginia Community College
Federal Student Aid YouTube page (Many valuable How-To videos!)
CSS Profile: Apply for institutional aid at over 400 colleges & Universities (not every school uses this).
Are you an underclassman or parent of an underclassman looking to get a head start on college financial planning?
Use the FAFSA4caster to estimate your eligibility for federal student aid.
It is a good idea to check out the net price calculator tool as well. You can search through the link but you can also find it on the college/university website.
Different Types of Aid Available When you Fill Out the FAFSA:
Click here for a full page of resources dedicated to helping fill out the FAFSA
Financial aid for undocumented students and eligibility for in-state tuition:
Financial Aid Award Letters
Interested in comparing award letters? These tools can help:
This guide offers the basics on financial aid award letters and a glossary of common terms: https://counselors.collegeboard.org/pdf/financial-aid-essentials.pdf?SFMC_cid=EM19163-&rid=30061303
These tools provide students an online worksheet to assist with understanding costs, types of aid, and net price: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid-awards/compare-aid-calculator?SFMC_cid=EM19163-&rid=30061303
Academic Common Market
The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program that is administered by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and 16 member states. The arrangement allows students to pay in-state tuition rates at out-of-state public institutions while studying in select programs not available in their home state. The following states are partners – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. States and institutions have the discretion to remove or restrict its participation and access to degree programs at any time. For more information visit: https://www.sreb.org/academic-common-market