Financial aid help: Fall of your senior year

Before starting into the financial aid process it is best to have your applications for admission complete. Colleges can’t award financial aid until you have been accepted at their school. If you have not yet applied to Muskingum you can do so online.

During this time you should also search for scholarships. Talk with your guidance counselor or visit your high school’s website to see what scholarships are available through your school and community. Pay attention to the deadlines. You can also try looking for scholarships that are available nationally. One scholarship search our Student Financial Services office recommends is FastWeb. Be careful when searching for scholarships that you do not become a victim of a scam. The FTC lists possible signs of a scholarship scam.

Getting a Department of Education PIN is an important part of the financial aid application process. Getting a PIN is something you can do at anytime. The student and a parent should each have a PIN. The PIN allows you to sign the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and sign for student and parent federal loans. Choose a PIN that is easy for you to remember or keep your number in a safe place so you can find it each year. Get your pin.

Many high schools will offer a Financial Aid Awareness program in December or January. At this program a representative from a local college or the guidance counselor will spend about an hour talking to parents and students about the financial aid process and the different types of aid available. We recommend that you find out if there is a Financial Aid Awareness program being held in your community. These programs are free – you do not need to pay to receive this type of information.

If you would like an early idea of the amount of financial aid you could receive for attending Muskingum, you can visit our website and try out the Muskingum Net Price Calculator and learn about the Muskingum Commitment.

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