Easy Video Information about FAFSA and Financial Aid

Curious about how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) works, but you don't have the time to read a complicated manual? You are not alone. And fortunately, the US Department of Education has created a collection of short and helpful videos to educate students and families about the process. Their selection of animated clips will teach you all about how to apply for federal financial aid, types of available loans, and the details about payback requirements.

The underlying premise of choosing the right college is to do your homework. It's probably not wise to only apply to the closest school and then hope it works out. However, it's also important to realize that you can be successful attending a variety of accredited colleges in the US. As Dr. Chad Orzel points out in an excellent article for Forbes, it probably doesn't much matter which college you pick if you plan to put in the work to learn. You can be successful going to a community college and then transferring to a state university. I know this is true, because that is what I did. But that doesn't mean it's the best path for everyone.

But I do think there is one question that everyone should consider when choosing a college. And that one query is simple and practical. "How much money is it actually going to cost me to graduate from this college?" The tuition posted on a college's website is the sticker price. It's typically not the out-of-pocket cost you are going to pay. The only way you are going to know your real cost is to complete the FAFSA and apply to the schools you are interested in. Even if you think you or your family makes too much money for you to recieve aid, it's always a smart idea to take 30 minutes of your time to fill out the FAFSA and see what happens. And if you need help completing the FAFSA it's nice to know that the US Department of Education has created helpful videos (with cheesy music) to get you through the process.

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