Applying for Aid
How and Why to Apply for Financial Aid
As nice as it is to spend time with family and friends over the winter break, there’s something to be said for getting back into the swing of things at work. In Financial Aid, our first days back are usually spent reconnecting with students and families we’ve gotten to know over the past several months.
At this time of year, part of what keeps us on our toes is the variety of conversations we’re having. After months spent getting to know the first-year students and their families, now we begin to hear from folks just starting the college selection journey; and it’s something we all really appreciate being a part of.
In fact, if your phone call comes to me, you’ll see what I mean. I’ll probably try to finish some of your sentences for you, or I’ll answer a question you weren’t even going to ask; but bear with me and know that as the financial aid season rolls on, I do get a little less enthusiastic. But only a little.
It’s January, so your primary mission (as it will be each January for the next four years) is to APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID. It’s an entirely separate process from the admission application and that’s true for all schools. At Southwestern, all admitted students are automatically considered for all applicable scholarship programs, meaning you’ll learn early on about any Merit Scholarships you’ll be receiving. But why not find out what else you might qualify for? That’s where the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) comes in. If you’re unsure why you should apply, here’s a great article outlining the advantages, and here’s another explaining several common misconceptions about financial aid.
When you’re ready, this is a great list of the things you’ll want to have on hand when you apply, and here are the steps you’ll take to get started. And if you’re really into it, check out the Seven Most Common FAFSA Mistakes so you’ll know what not to do.
And as always, we’re here for you, and we’re ready whenever you are.