Category Archives: Financial Aid

Nine Easy Tips to Remember When You Fill Out Your FAFSA

FAFSA letters on top of a textbook with a piggy bank next to itDid you know that you can start filling out your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year now?

And CCA is ready to help you and/or your parents fill it out! CCA will host FAFSA Rush again this year on Aug. 3rd and Aug. 10 at our CentreTech campus from 4 to 7 p.m. on each day. During FAFSA Rush, students and their parents can come to our campuses, use our computer labs to fill out the FAFSA, and CCA Financial Aid staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The U.S. Department of Education has permanently moved the FAFSA application start date to Oct. 1 to give students and their parents more time to plan and pay for college. Students and/or their parents can now fill out the FAFSA using their 2016 tax returns or they can use the tax return for 2017 that they will fill out next year.

But before you start  the FAFSA application process, check out these nine tips from CCA Financial Aid Advisor Darin Wissbaum to make it easy and simple as possible to avoid any problems that could delay processing your application. Continue reading »

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Get the Financial Help You Need Now

Money and Textbooks on a Scale Balancing Each OtherNeed help figuring out your finances? Not sure how to pay for your tuition?

We’re here to help. 

CCA’s Financial Aid office, along with other colleges across the U.S., are focused on providing more financial literacy for students. As student debt grows at community colleges and universities across the U.S., financial aid departments are making the effort to reach out to students.

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Registration Nation Provides Free Food, Games, Prizes, and (Possibly) Some Financial Help

Registration Nation text above a circus tentBetween serving tables at night after class, babysitting my kid brother, making sure all the bills get paid on time, and spending time with family while trying to keep some sanity, I stay busy as a full-time human… ahem, graduate student. Throw in the financial stress of college and my heart nearly explodes.

And I’m not alone.

But CCA’s Registration Nation, happening on May 4 at the CentreTech campus, is offering some free food, fun, and some financial help to a lucky few at CCA who register for fall or summer semester and attend the event. Two students who attend Registration Nation will win a financial award for a three-credit hour class – essentially a free class!

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Get the facts about financing an education

Money and graduation capEveryone knows that getting a solid education is the foundation for a successful future, but paying for it can be challenge for some. Rather than being frightened by the prospect of financing an education, learn the ropes so you can move forward with confidence.  The process doesn’t have to be a bewildering one, especially if you understand it, so let’s break down the key factors.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is simply a term that indicates any assistance provided to help a student pay for their college expenses. This aid is provided by federal and state governments, colleges, foundations, corporations and other entities with students in mind. In order to apply for federal, state financial aid and some private scholarships, a student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.  Once completed, the options open up for potential monies. Continue reading »

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