Don’t let those financial aid forms scare you. They seem pretty convoluted and complicated at first glance but they are often the key to enrolling in college.
The questions may seem strange, the information required may seem invasive, but every question on the financial aid forms is developed to help determine exactly who needs the help the most and how much help he or she should be allowed. Every crazy question matters.
There is only a limited amount of money available for college assistance and the financial aid forms help determine how those very limited funds can be spent to the betterment of many.
The financial aid forms are standardized so they can be used in every school and for every student applying for aid. As a result, the questions must be written and presented in a way that is universally useful.
The many detailed questions on financial aid forms are also designed to be fair. Every student gets the same forms and, therefore, must supply the same information. This way, the economic need of every student applying for aid is evaluated on the same basis.
If you are just beginning college for the first time, it might be a good idea to become familiar with those confusing financial aid forms. Many students find they quite simply couldn’t meet the expense of a college education without the financial aid assistance through every step of the education process.
If this scenario describes your plans, you’ll be seeing those financial aid forms every semester. Make peace with them.
Students who rely on their parents for financial support will need to include their parents when completing financial aid forms. The forms will ask questions about household income and expenses that many students can’t answer. In many cases, this information doesn’t change too much over the time it takes to complete college so it’s quite likely that the first time the forms are encountered is the time they seem the most intimidating.
And after a few weeks of college classes, those financial aid forms are likely to seem more like child’s play in comparison.