Clear Creek ISD Annual Financial Aid Night

Clear Creek ISD Annual Financial Aid Night
Posted on 09/20/2019
Financial AidClear Creek ISD Annual Financial Aid Night
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Clear Springs High School
501 Palomino Lane | League City | 77573


All students and parents are invited, and encouraged, to attend CCISD's annual Financial Aid Night to learn more about scholarships, grants, loans, work study and the Naviance student scholarship database.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFS) opens on October 1 for members of the Class of 2020 who want to enroll in a college/university in the fall of 2020. A local college financial aid advisor will provide information on navigating this process.

We hope that your students will receive scholarships from a variety of organizations thanks to your assistance. But, we did want to let you know that some students may come back and say that they are getting less aid now because of these scholarships. Why is that? Federal regulations have specific requirements that prohibit “over-awarding” of financial aid. If all sources of a student’s financial aid package exceed the school’s cost of attendance by more than $400, the financial aid office must reduce the aid package until it falls below this threshold.Schools have policies that determine which aid is reduced.

Some schools try to ensure that students receive the most benefit from external scholarships by reducing student loan and work-study amounts. Other schools replace previously awarded institutional grants and scholarships with the external scholarship so that other students may benefit from the institutional aid. Many schools policies lie somewhere in between these polar opposites.Tell your students and their families to ask the school financial aid office how they treat outside scholarship awards. We believe that it’s still important to encourage your students to seek out as many scholarships as possible. Even though scholarships may reduce the amount of federal, state, and other financial aid they receive from their schools, the student will benefit from more “free” money toward college costs.
Is Completing the FAFSA Worth it – YES!
Filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only way you can be recognized as eligible for federal, need-based aid. If you don't fill out the FAFSA, you won't receive federal aid. Many students across the country don't fill out the FAFSA year after year assuming they won't qualify for aid.

Education about federal aid is extremely important. Unless paying for a college education at an accredited four-year or community college is just a drop in the bucket of your family's finances, you should definitely submit the FAFSA. Any college student is eligible to receive need-based aid if their expected family contribution (EFC - determined by the FAFSA to indicate your family’s financial strength) is less than the cost of attendance (COA). Many families qualify for need-based aid, but this can only be determined if you fill out the FAFSA. Also, the FAFSA is also required when applying for unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Parent PLUS loans, and Grad PLUS loans, none of which are need-based. As long as you are working towards a degree, you can be eligible, and should file.
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