8 Steps to Help Black Families Pay for College: A Crash Course in Financial Aid
How are you going to pay for college?
With the costs of college these days, financial aid isn’t an option; it’s a necessity. But how do you know you’re getting everything you deserve? Eight Steps to Help Black Families Pay for College walks you through this daunting process. Inside you’ll learn how to:
·Get a handle on the financial aid process; learn about loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study programs
·Approach financial aid with the right attitude and make debt work for you
·Choose the right school–and understand how cost factors into college selection
·Utilize long- and short-term strategies to get the maximum aid you need
·Assess and respond to financial aid offers
·Pay back loans responsibly
You’ll also gain insight into how the government and colleges determine your expected family contribution (EFC). As a bonus, you’ll discover the role affirmative action plays in the admissions decision. We’ve even included real-life stories to help you avoid financial aid gaffes and pitfalls.
Learn how to make informed action pay off now and in the long run so that one day you can give back to your alma mater and your community.
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First Lets Look at the Price Tag
Get Your Mind Right About College
Take Control of Your Finances
Who Decides How Much I Can Pay for College?
Where Does the Money Come From?
Financial Aid Offer
What Forms Will I Have to Resubmit?
Youre Not the Only One with Loans
Support Schools and Future Students
Glossary of Terms
Index of HBCUs
Use the Right Forms
RealLife Stories from the World of Financial
Timeline for College and Financial
About the Authors
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