• The stress of coming up with enough money to pay for college can be overwhelming for many but know there is help and resources available to help with this daunting process.  Many students fear that they will not be able to afford college but planning and preparation will help clarify the process.

    1. Apply to a university or college by the school deadline.
    2. Search for scholarships. Keep track of the details and deadlines.
    3. Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov after October 1. Check the school’s priority filing date.
    4. Receive award notification from the school (may be paper or electronic).
    5. Respond to the award notification by accepting, rejecting or accepting a reduced amount of financial aid.
    6. Complete entrance counseling if accepting a loan.
    7. If accepting student loans, complete and sign a master promissory note.
    8. Follow the school’s procedures to confirm attendance so that financial aid can be applied to charges.
    9. Make payment arrangements for any outstanding balances due to the school.
    10. If receiving a credit refund, set up a budget for the school term.

    Additional Financial Aid Information:

    The College Board- Paying for College- This is a great website will tons of information regarding not only the financial aid process but budget tools, cost estimators, the CSS/PROFILE is also available through this site.  They also have a great scholarship search engine.  Check it out!

    Reach Higher Montana-  This is a Montana based organization dedicated to access to college easier for Montana students.  A Reach Higher Represenative is housed at Big Sky High School in Room 17,  See contact information below. 

    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)-  Available to fill out Oct 1st your senior year.  You and one of your parents will need FSA ID.  

     

     

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    Missoula Area Reach Higher Representative: Steven Coop
    Advisor
    406-880-1145
    scoop@reachhighermontana.org
    Having a school counselor’s background helps me understand the challenges today’s youth face. I love helping them visualize their future and creating a plan to get from point A to point B.