January 2014 Newsletter

January 2014 Financial Aid News Snowflakes

Free, Must-Have FAFSA Resource Now Available

As you probably know, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your gateway to federal, state and school financial aid. The 2014-2015 form has been available for a just few weeks, so you still have time to prepare.

Our trusted financial experts have written a comprehensive guide that will help you:

  • Maximize eligibility for student aid
  • Avoid common errors
  • Complete the form quickly, easily and accurately

Download our free Filing the FAFSA guide now.

Ask the Edvisor: Your Questions, Answered

This month, several students asked the same important question about completing the FAFSA:

Question: My parents won’t complete their 2013 federal tax return before April 15. How can we complete and submit the 2014-2015 FAFSA by each school’s deadline date if our taxes won’t be ready?

Get the answer from the financial aid experts at Edvisors.

Don’t Miss Your FAFSA Deadline

When it comes to the FAFSA, the first question most people ask is: “When is it due?” There is no single, definitive answer. Your deadline depends entirely on where you live. Some states award aid on a first-come, first-served basis, so submitting your FAFSA early could be the difference between receiving state funds or not. As a result, it’s critical to know (and meet) your state’s deadline and complete your FAFSA as early as possible.

Check out this table to see your state’s FAFSA deadline:

Deadline States
ASAP after January 1, 2014 IL, KY, NC, SC, VT
February 1, 2014 OR
February 15, 2014 CT
March 1, 2014 ID, MD, MI, MT, OK, RI, TN, WV
March 2, 2014 CA
March 10, 2014 IN
March 31, 2014 MS
April 1, 2014 DC, KS, MO
April 15, 2014 DE, ND
May 1, 2014 ME, MA, PA
May 15, 2014 FL
June 1, 2014 AR, NJ
June 30, 2014 AK
July 1, 2014 IA, LA
October 1, 2014 OH
June 30, 2015 NY
30 days after start of term MN
NA (no state grants for award year) NH
Check with your school’s financial aid administrator AL, AZ, CO, GA, HI, NE, NV, NM, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY, U.S. Territories

Get Organized for the FAFSA with this Worksheet

Completing your FAFSA form online via FAFSA on the Web can speed processing and enable you to skip questions and entire sections that don’t apply to your situation. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Education created a simple worksheet to make it easier to collect and organize all of the financial information you will need. Be sure to read and complete this worksheet before you start working on your FAFSA.

Download the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

The Seven Scholarships

This monthly section of Financial Aid News features an intriguing list of seven scholarships that share a common characteristic. We hope this section will make you smile and inspire you to apply for more scholarships.

Seven Scholarships for Community Service

  1. Bonner Scholars Program
  2. Heroes of the Heart Scholarship Award
  3. Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship
  4. Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program
  5. Navin Narayan College Scholarship
  6. Partnership for Public Service Fellowship
  7. Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Featured Scholarships

This month we are highlighting scholarships from the ScholarshipPoints program. In 2014, we’ll be giving out thousands of dollars in scholarships every month, plus a $10,000 quarterly scholarship AND the brand-new ScholarshipPoints $20,000 Ultimate Full Ride Scholarship! To enter, simply log in to your account and spend your points on these drawings before midnight Pacific on the date indicated:

Watch for our notification emails to see if you are a winner!

Stat Snapshot

Top 5 Schools - Number of FAFSAs Processed for 2013-2014 Award Year (YTD)

School FAFSAs Processed
University of Phoenix 281,929
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana 139,334
University of Central Florida 103,384
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 102,288
Arizona State University (All Campuses) 100,577

Source: U.S. Department of Education FAFSA Volume Reports

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