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Check Your Financial Aid Status

By this time in your college career, you may feel like you know it all about student financial aid. But a few reminders are still in order:
1. You’re well on your way to a degree, but don’t forget to apply for financial aid.
Don’t assume you won’t qualify for any reason, such as family income or grade point average. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and March 10 each year. Not only does the FAFSA determine how much aid you might receive from federal and state governments, but from your institution, too.
Visit FAFSA.gov.
2. Keep searching for new ways to pay for college expenses.
Check out ISMCollegePlanning.org, which offers excellent college planning and financial aid tools for parents and students.
3. Keep working and saving.
It’s never too late to save for college—even if you’re in college. Consider taking on part-time (no more than 15 hours per week while taking classes) and summer jobs and save a percentage—say 20 percent—to fund your college goals. Consider a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan. You can learn more about the tax and gift advantages of this plan at CollegeChoiceDirect.com.

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