Financial Aid

Overview of the Financial Aid Process:
 

 
Types of Financial Aid
 

 
About Financial Aid:
 
Financial Aid is a federally funded program.  To qualify, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
 
The federal government prefers the online version, and you will get a faster response if you file online.  You can fill out the FAFSA beginning October 1st of your senior year. 
 
IT IS BEST TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA BEFORE THANKSGIVING BREAK!  Do not wait until April to complete your FAFSA.  Many colleges have deadlines for financial aid, and the money will get allocated to those who apply early.  Yes, certain opportunities for free money do run out!
Click on the video below to learn more about the FAFSA:
 

 
Steps to getting started:

1. Create a FSA ID – The FSA ID is your electronic passport to federal student aid online​​. An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). In order to create an FSA ID, please go to:  https://fsaid.ed.gov

To access an instructional video on how to create a FSA ID, click below:

 

 

2GO TO FAFSA.GOV – Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1st of your senior year. 

Click below for a video on how to fill out the FAFSA:

 

 
You don’t need to figure this all out on your own!  We have numerous district programs to help understand the financial aid process (See the dates below or on our events calendar).  Parents can plan to begin attending these programs during their children’s freshman and sophomore years in order to prepare appropriately for college.  Additionally, Mr. Weber is always available in the CCRC to talk FAFSA, financial aid, loans, scholarships, and more. See the schedule below for the various financial aid workshops and sessions.
District Financial Aid Programs for 2018-19
Need help with financial aid?  Attend the Maine Township programs to get a clear understanding of what financial aid involves and how to apply. 
Financial Aid Planning Night @ Maine West –  3/13/193 sessions to choose from:
 
1. College Financial Aid:  Plan Ahead! – For parents of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors2. Habrá una sessión de ayuda financiera en español

3. FAFSA – Line By Line – for parents of seniors
 
Need help completing your FAFSA on the Web?  Get help from the experts.  Participate in one of these free workshops: 

10/11/2018 FAFSA Completion Workshop at Maine East High School 6:00pm – 8:00pm
10/17/2018 FAFSA Completion Workshop at Maine South High School 
10/18/2018 FAFSA Completion Workshop at Maine West High School 4:00pm – 7:00pm
 

These workshops are for seniors and their parents only

You can also make an appointment with Mr. Weber to complete your FAFSA at another time if you cannot attend one of the workshops above. Make an appointment at: calendly.com/maineeastccrc

Material to bring for FAFSA Completion Workshop

  • FSA ID (studentaid.ed.gov) – one for the student and one for the parent(s)
  • Driver’s License (student)
  • Social Security Number (student and parents)
  • If not a U.S. citizen, Alien Registration Number (student)
  • Copies of 2017 income tax returns (or 2016 if 2017 is not yet complete)

    (i.e. 1040, 1040EZ-student and parents)

  • Copies of 2017 W-2 forms (student and parents)
  • Copies of any bank statements (student and parents)
  • Records of business, farm, and/or assets (stocks, bonds, and other investments)
  • Current mortgage statements for properties other than the family’s principal residence

A representative from ISAC will be available to answer questions and assist with your FAFSA.

 

 
​​Important Websites and Resources:
 

www.fafsa.ed.gov – The Federal Government’s website for the Free Application for Federal Student Aidwww.studentaid.ed.gov – The Department of Education’s informational website for planning for and funding post-high school educationwww.collegeillinois.org – The State of Illinois’ website for students and parents.  It has resources on many different topics related to college planning and paying for college.studentaid.ed.gov – Get your pin number for the FAFSA on the Web.

http://mappingyourfuture.org/paying/debtwizard/index.cfm – How much debt is safe for college loans?  Look at this website for information.

www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide – A comprehensive guide about the federal student aid programs.  It is available in English and Spanish.
 
College Resources for Hispanic Students Provides a variety of resources for students and their parents.  These include scholarships, undocumented students, first generation students, and more.

Colleges that Meet 100% Financial Need – A comprehensive list of the colleges and universities that are committed to meeting every student’s financial need.

12 Common FAFSA Mistakes – Learn from other’s past mistakes and ensure your FAFSA process is smooth.

District 207 Scholarship Database – Find local and national scholarships in this google doc.