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Beware of scholarship scams

Scammers are everywhere, and the world of scholarships is no exception. Don’t fall for these dirty tricks: A guaranteed scholarship in exchange for a fee. Remember, scholarships are free! Unsolicited scholarship offers from someone who contacts you via phone, text or email.  Offers to sell you a list of exclusive scholarships. Legitimate scholarships won’t be found on such a list. A general rule of thumb is if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. And never give away personal information, such as your Social Security number or…

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FINANCIAL AID TERMS you need to know

Award Letter This is a term sometimes used for an offer from a college or career school that states the type and amount of financial aid the school is willing to provide if you accept admission and register to take classes at that school. Cost of Attendance (COA) The total amount it will cost you to go to school—usually stated as a yearly figure. COA includes tuition and fees; room and board (or a housing and food allowance); and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees and dependent care. It…

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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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