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Submitting an application for admission is just one of the many steps students must complete this year. Another important step is to apply for financial assistance to help pay for their education beyond high school. We understand that helping students navigate the financial aid process can be overwhelming, especially if you are not comfortable. The steps and information listed below are intended to provide you with a useful quick guide to better understanding the financial aid application process as you help your students.

  • ☑ Understand Financial Aid.
  • Learn about the application process and types of financial aid available for education beyond high school from the federal government and other sources at StudentAid.gov
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  • The Federal Student Aid (FSA) office has created an entire website devoted to financial aid information and resources for counselors at fsa4counselors.ed.gov
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  • ☑ Apply for Financial Aid.
  • The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is used to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid. In addition, some scholarship donors may require that a FAFSA be on file.
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  • To receive maximum consideration for all available aid, it is recommended that the FAFSA be completed by March 1. Individual colleges and universities may have specific FAFSA deadlines in order to be considered for institutional grant or scholarships aid. Students will need to check with the institutions individually.
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  • FREE help from financial aid professionals is available to students and parents to complete the online FAFSA. Students and their parents can attend the statewide annual College Goal Sunday & Saturday TOO! FAFSA workshops taking place in February 2014. Visit the Arizona College Goal Sunday website for details, dates, and locations.
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  • Also, the websites listed below may be helpful when looking for additional aid opportunities:
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  • AzGrants Pay4CollegeArizona FinAid FastWeb CollegeBoard Az529
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  • Arizona is home to three College Access Resource Centers. These free resource centers may have additional scholarship listings and funding resource information that students can utilize. Check out their websites for additional information:
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  • Phoenix Metro Area:  College Depot
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  • Tucson Area:  Tucson Regional College Access Center
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  • Northern Arizona:  Northern Arizona College Access Resource Center