Newly published tip sheets from NASFAA are designed to help unique student populations overcome these challenges to successfully navigate the financial aid process and access higher education.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB)
August 10, 2017
As a new school year approaches, financial aid offices at colleges and universities across the country are preparing to assist students in navigating the financial aid process. And while many of these students are traditional young adults who enroll in college immediately following high school, attend on full-time basis, and have their parents to guide them, a growing population of college students face unique circumstances and backgrounds that can pose challenges when applying for financial aid.
Department of Education data reveal that while the majority of students qualify for some federal aid, 20 percent of undergraduate students failed to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, in 2011-12. Part of the problem may be that prospective college students don’t think they’ll qualify, but for some the problem could lie in the fact that they don’t have the support of parents or other family members who can help fill out forms or offer guidance through the process. This is particularly true of foster or homeless youth, adult learners, and members of the military or veterans.
These populations may also be more likely to get hung up on certain questions that traditional students would breeze past—such as questions about the number of people residing in the household or parental information—and give up on filing the FAFSA altogether. And undocumented students, while not eligible for federal student aid, often don’t realize there are other forms of financial help they can use to help pay for their higher education.
Newly published tip sheets from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) are designed to help unique student populations overcome these challenges to successfully navigate the financial aid process and access higher education. They are also valuable resources for higher education advocates that support these populations of students, including high school guidance counselors, college and university admissions staff, community organizations, and more.