Myth Busters

   
  Financial Aid comes in many forms—grants, scholarships, loans, work study, and waivers—just to name a few. Although it is important to be prepared and well informed about your financial aid options, researching this all on your own can send you into a state of information overload. The university offers “Financial Aid Night” to parents and students for the purpose of _________________?  
  1 Naming financial aid recipients and distributing their award money.  
  2 Sponsoring a big financial aid party with door prizes and drawings for more money for college—must be present to win!  
  3 A financial aid workshop dedicated to help parents and students learn more about financial aid.  
  4 A convention for financial aid counselors to get together and compare notes on how to improve their university financial aid services.  
   
  Need some help paying for college? The average cost for in-state tuition and fees for a full-time student are about $3477 per year at the University of Alaska. Receiving financial aid can help alleviate some of the burden of paying this all yourself. Last year the average student received $______ in financial aid.  
  1 I have heard that financial aid does not even cover fees, so I am going to guess $500.  
  2 I am sure the average student can pay for at least tuition and fees, plus have some money left over for books and supplies--$5000 should cover it.  
  3 I have heard that students can pretty much take out as much money as they want and then just pay it all off when they graduate, so the number has got to be pretty high, say $10,000.  
  4 None of the above. The average student does not receive financial aid.  
   
  Scholarships and grants are a great way to pay for college. You may think that a great grade point average is the only way to receive a grant or scholarship; however academics are just one of the criteria used to award students. What other criteria is involved?  
  1 Life experience  
  2 Financial need  
  3 Athletic ability  
  4 All of the above  
   
  The Super Bowl is a time where friends and family get together to bond over junk food and favorite sports teams. But this year, when everyone is thinking about football, you could be planning for college! Do you know what College Goal Sunday is all about?  
  1 College football tryouts.  
  2 College students reenacting their favorite Super Bowl Sunday Games.  
  3 A day that financial aid professionals from across the state gather to help students complete the FAFSA.  
  4 A statewide college Super Bowl party!  
   
  By now you have probably heard the word FAFSA a hundred times. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You know that in order to qualify for financial aid you have to fill it out, but do you know how easy it really is? Once you have your paperwork handy, how long do you plan on spending filling out the FAFSA?  
  1 A week for sure. I saw the application and it looks intimidating!  
  2 Maybe if I had some help I could finish it in a day or two.  
  3 You mean I actually have to read the form?  
  4 Less than thirty minutes…I am going for a world record!  
     
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