You’re a primary resource for your students when it comes to all things college—including paying for it.

Often, the initial step in paying for a college education is federal student aid, and explaining, or at least jump-starting, the application process can fall on your shoulders. There’s so much to cover that it can feel overwhelming to be the gatekeeper of this information. To simplify your financial aid chats, here are some important points to share with students navigating the maze of federal aid.


This article was written with advice and information from Deb Shames, an independent college counselor in New York, and Dawn Mann, a former career guidance and counseling program manager at the Georgia Department of Education.

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