This checklist is designed to help students be ready to go on the first day of school.
There is no standard format for award letters, making it difficult to compare packages from different schools. Use FAME’s Comparing Financial Aid Awards Worksheet to help you compare different packages. (Please note: not all browsers/versions support PDF forms. For best results, download the worksheet and open with Adobe Reader, available as a free download from Adobe.com.)
All students need to have an FSA ID (which can be created at fsaid.ed.gov) to access FAFSA on the Web. Keep track of the information entered when creating the FSA ID by using this information tracking sheet.
Checklist of what you need to file the 2017-2018 FAFSA, what assets you may need to report on the FAFSA and how to determine when parent information is required on the FAFSA.
Wondering how much you need to earn to pay your student loan debt? FAME’s interactive calculator can help you figure out how much you should borrow based on expected future earnings.
Use this online calculator to create a monthly budget.
Compare award packages from several schools using Big Future by The College Board’s online tool.
Net Price Calculator is an online tool offered by colleges that calculates your estimated annual cost to attend each college. Net Price Calculator can be found on each school’s website. Sometimes it is also called a cost calculator or financial aid estimator.
Use Federal Student Aid’s Repayment Estimator to learn which plans you may be eligible for and estimate how much your monthly payment would be for various federal student loans.
Estimate your repayment period, interest rate and repayment schedule if you consolidate your federal student loans.
Calculate how much your account will be worth in the future, and the interest earned.