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Helpful Links for Students Applying to College

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    NBC4 consumer reporter Susan Hogan has found these helpful links for soon-to-be college students searching for financial help.

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    • U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid access site -- required by most colleges and universities
    • Find it here.

    CSS Financial Aid PROFILE

    • The College Board's CSS Financial Aid PROFILE access site -- required by select colleges and universities
    • Find it here.

    FAFSA4caster

    • A financial aid estimator that can be used be before officially applying for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Find it here.

    FinAid Financial Aid Calculators

    • Custom calculators that can help you figure out how much school will cost, how much you need to save and how much aid you'll need
    • Find it here. 

    GI Bill Comparison Tool

    • A tool used to learn about education programs and compare estimated benefits by school
    • Find it here.

    Creating an FSA ID

    • Directions on how to secure an FSA ID need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Find it here.

    How to Request a Transcript of Prior Years Tax Returns

    • Directions on how to secure a copy of your prior year's tax return
    • Find it here.

    Federal Student Aid's Financial Aid Toolkit

    • U.S. Department of Education's financial aid resource site
    • Find it here. 

    College Scorecard

    • U.S. Department of Education’s site with key indicators about the cost and value of institutions across the country to help students choose a school that is well-suited to meet their needs, priced affordably, and is consistent with their educational and career goals
    • Find it here.

    Tips for Parents – Helping with Essay Writing 

    • WOW Writing Workshop's site with helpful hits for parents regarding essay-writing for college and scholarship applications.
    • Find it here (under Professionals – can sign up to receive tip sheets).

    College Access Fairfax

    • A nonprofit organization committed to helping Fairfax County Public School students with the complex task of acquiring financial aid for post-secondary education.
    • Find it here. 

    Fairfax County Public Schools College Fair/College Night

    • Fairfax County Public Schools' site with information regarding the annual College Fair and College Night events, held each October.
    • Find it here.

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