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All about financial aid

Valbona Bushi

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: News
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The new semester starts off with getting ready for classes and learning from the mistakes of the past semesters. It should also start with considering your financial aid for the next academic year.

Most of you should be familiar with the financial aid process, and even if you haven't applied before or weren't eligible in the past, you should apply every year because your situation and that of government availability might have changed. There are various types, sources of money, and formulas used to evaluate your eligibility for financial help, which can be free money in the form of grants or scholarships or loans from the government, Case, or other financial institutions. Work-study is also available, and the availability of these funds can make it easier to get a job on campus paying a minimum of $8.75 an hour.

On-campus jobs are also great to have because they help you organize your time better while making some extra money on the side. You can also increase your networks through the people that you meet and work with. Part-time internships or jobs are also available if you look through the Career Center. Personally, I have benefited greatly from this, especially in developing essential career skills.

When it comes to scholarships, consider what the university offers that you might not have been eligible for before. Also, look at other outside scholarships to apply for. If you are part of a Greek organization, look to your chapter's national website for more available scholarships. The Greek Life office also offers scholarships through its organizations of Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Rho. Certainly, any free money is good money to have.

The federal government's aid application needs to be applied to separately. This form is known as the FAFSA, and next week's article will focus on the details of this application. If you are eager, however, you can start the application now.

The main things that are taken into consideration for need-based aid are:

1. Family income

2. Family assets

3. Family size

4. Number of children in college

From these factors the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated, and usually you are eligible if this is less than the total cost of attending Case.

One important thing to remember is that once your financial aid package is determined by Case, you should consider accepting first those loans whose interest is covered by the government: subsidized Stafford and Perkins loans. Do not be ashamed to take advantage of any opportunities that can help you lower your total cost of attending Case.

Have any burning financial questions? Send an e-mail to .
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