Financial Aid Information.
Steps to Getting
1. Apply for admission to the
school or schools of your choice.
2. Complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This
online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. A paper FAFSA is available from ESF,
high school guidance counselor, your college financial aid office,
your local library, or by calling the
Department of Education at 800-433-3243.
Complete the FAFSA as soon as
possible after January 1 each year that you attend
college. Four to six weeks after you
submit your FAFSA, you'll receive a Student Aid
Report (SAR). Review and correct the
SAR as soon as you receive it. FAFSA results
will be sent to the colleges you
indicate on the form, and the schools will use the
FAFSA to determine your expected
family contribution (EFC).
3. Find out if the financial aid office at your chosen school requires
forms; then complete and submit those
forms as early as possible. Financial aid is
usually a first-come, first-served
4. When you've been accepted for admission and the financial aid office
your FAFSA results, you'll receive a
financial aid award letter detailing the types of
awards for which you are eligible.
You may accept or reject all or part of the award.
5. Don't forget to reapply each year you attend college. After your
first year, you'll
probably be eligible to complete a
renewal FAFSA, which is a shorter version of the
6. Always respond immediately to any requests for additional information
7. Remember, to stay eligible for most financial aid programs, you'll
have to keep those
grades in shape!
The Education Services Foundation (ESF)
of Jackson, MS also serves as an outstanding resource for financial aid.
Please visit their website at
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