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Pay attention to deadlines for scholarships, admissions

Star Staff Reports

High school seniors should pay attention to application deadlines for college admissions and financial aid. Here are some tips from KHEAA.

If you have not yet chosen a college, narrow your list by visiting schools, comparing colleges online and talking with your counselor and your parents. Talk with teachers about writing recommendations for you. It is also time to complete your admissions essay if you need to write one.

Check with the financial aid offices of the schools to which you’ve applied to determine if they require any financial aid forms other than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Familiarize yourself with the FAFSA. Unless you are starting college before July 1, you cannot file the FAFSA until after the first of the year. But you should still take a look at the information it requires.

Attend any college fairs and financial aid seminars offered at your high school or in your area. If a company charges a fee for helping with applications, remember that you can do that yourself for free. If you decide to pay for help, make sure the company is reputable by checking with the state Attorney General’s office or Better Business Bureau in your area, as well as the area where the firm is located.

KHEAA is a public, non-profit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents. KHEAA partners with Overture Technologies to provide the KHEAA Student Loan Marketplace at www.kheaamarketplace.com to help students and parents find the private college loan that best suits their needs. KHEAA also provides the ThinkAhead Net Price Calculator to universities and colleges. The calculator, available on a school’s website, lets students and parents determine their out-of-pocket costs for attending that school. KHEAA also helps colleges manage their student loan default rates and verify information submitted on the FAFSA.

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