How to Pay for College

Many students are worried about the cost of attending a college and hesitate on following their dreams.

The good news is that most students receive some financial help paying for college, bringing the cost down from the school’s “sticker price.”

With a strong determination and acting early to get some financial aid, you can make your dreams come true.

The financial aid system can be confusing, so don’t feel bad if you’re a little unclear about how it all works. Please always ask for help. Our Guidance Office will be helping you.

  1.   Grants

Free Money you get through FAFSA application. You can submit your FAFSA as early as October 1st every year. Federal Pell Grant is up to $5,920.

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Please visit the link below for short videos on each section of FAFSA.

https://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/index.html

As always, you can get help from your Guidance Counselor. Join FAFSA completion workshops to get individualized help from your Guidance Counselor.

  1.   Work-study jobs

These are part-time jobs on or nearby campus for eligible students, depending on their finances and the funding available at the school. You need to have submitted the FAFSA in order to qualify.

 

  1.   Apply for private scholarships.

You can find private scholarships to make application on Naviance and/or Ohio Means Jobs

For Naviance, please ask your username and password from your Guidance Counselor.

For Ohio Means Jobs, please visit the link below and type your GPA and hit search to get a list of available scholarships.

https://jobseeker.k-12.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/FundIt/scholarship.aspx

 

  1.   Claim a $2,500 tax credit.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit allows you to reduce your taxes after paying for tuition, fees, books, and room and board — up to $2,500 a year per child.

  1.   Live off campus or enroll in community college.

If commuting to school and living at home is an option, it can save a lot of money. The average cost for room and board is $10,440 at public colleges and $11,890 a year at private institutions.

Tuition and fees at the average community college cost only $3,520.

 

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