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Sorting fact from fiction when it comes to student aid

There’s so much information out there about financial aid that you’re bound to read or hear something that isn’t quite right. Here, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education, is a list of common myths about financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. MYTH: Financial aid isn’t for older, non-traditional students. FACT: Your age doesn’t matter, neither does the number of years you’ve been out of school. MYTH: I only have to fill out the FAFSA form once. FACT: You have to fill out the FAFSA…

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Free money from the state of Indiana

See LearnMoreIndiana.org/statefinancialaid for full details and requirements. What is it? Who Qualifies? How Much? Child of Veterans and Public Safety Officers Grant (CVO) Students whose parent is a deceased or disabled military veteran, deceased public safety officer or permanently disabled state trooper. Up to 100% of tuition costs at public Indiana colleges. Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities Black or Hispanic students who will participate in student teaching during the upcoming school year. The amount varies basedon student need andavailable funds. EARN Indiana Any student who demonstrates need.…

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Fees Can Add Up. But you might not need to pay them.

Many colleges offer application-fee waivers to encourage students to apply regardless of financial difficulty or other circumstances. Check the school’s website or call the admissions office and ask. Fee waivers are more available than most students realize. Here are some of the special circumstances that can save you money: Campus Visits: Some colleges award an automatic fee waiver to students who have participated in a campus visit day. If you’re planning on visiting, ask about fee waivers. Children of Veterans or Veterans: You may be applying to a college that…

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Before you apply … Fill out the FAFSA

You’ll get tired of hearing about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Well, get over it. This is the big one, the first and most important part of any college financial aid strategy. Anyone interested in going back to school should fill out the FAFSA online between Oct. 1 and April 15 to qualify for state and federal financial aid for the next academic year. You’ll file the FAFSA every year to keep receiving financial aid. Complete it as soon as possible to maximize opportunities with colleges that…

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Amani is a winner—you could be, too

As the winner of the 2020–21 scholarship, Amani Miles has an extra $1,000 to spend on her life goals. Miles is a senior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she is studying health sciences, with minors in health psychology and biology. She’s also getting a certificate in nutrition. “Here at IUPUI I am on the track team, executive board of the Black Student Union and a member of Student African-American Sisterhood,” Miles said. After earning her degree, the Indianapolis native and North Central High School graduate plans to attend Physician…

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