FAFSA 10 Schools and some basic questions

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FAFSA 10 Schools and some basic questions

Postby michaelj9 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:30 pm

I am in my 40's and have been unemployed for a while (years) and was in the process of filling out the FAFSA.

It asked for a list of 10 schools I stopped there because I have a few questions.

Can these be changed at any time or will those be the only ones I will ever be able to pick from?
I ask because I can live in 2 different parts of the state and maybe I wanted to split them up.
I don't think I know what I want to go to school for right now so instead of going to 10-20 different colleges and talking to someone about classes I wanted to see if I will qualify for anything beforehand. Because I will not be able to afford it other wise.

How does the qualification process work?
If I wanted to go for something that will take more than 1 semester and or 1 year will it let me know how much and how long I qualify for (as long as my financial situation does not change)
What I mean is I don't want to start something and then next semester and or next year I have to cough up my own money.
Make sense?

I don't see a spot on these forums for this question but thought I would see if someone knows from going to college.
I maybe would like to be in the IT field.
I was thinking of Microsoft certifications and or other BIG name IT certifications.
Do colleges offer schooling for these kind of certs that will qualify for Financial aid?

I tried looking around and it seems like any of the colleges I looked at don't offer any.
The only way I saw to get these are from non accredited institutions that offer BOOT CAMP type of schooling that will not work with FAFSA.

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Re: FAFSA 10 Schools and some basic questions

Postby edvadmin » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:02 pm

Hi Michael I think I see 3 questions being asked, so will try to address each one:

1. (This is from the FAFSA website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm) While completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must list at least one college to receive your information. You should list your first college choice first, second choice second, and so on.

To add colleges after you have already submitted your FAFSA, click the Login button on the home page and log into FAFSA on the Web. Click Make FAFSA Corrections, and then navigate to the “School Selection” page.

To search for a college that you want to receive your information, select the state in which the college is located, then enter the city and/or school name and click Search. We will search our database and display your results in order by best match. You can re-sort the list in alphabetical order by School Name.

From the Search Results, you can select up to ten colleges to add to your list of Selected Schools. You can select an individual college, or you can press the Ctrl button on your keyboard and select multiple colleges. After you have selected the college(s), click the ADD>> button to add the college(s) to your list of Selected Schools.

2. The Fafsa is just a form you send to the Dept of Education to determine your eligiblity for federal financial aid. Each school handles the funds differently and has different eligiblity criteria i.e. class load, academic progress etc. You should call the financial aid office of the school you plan on attending once you decide where you want to go. They will be your best resource for financial aid related information.

3. Microsoft has a website specific to IT certification and how that relates to college credit that may help: http://www.microsoft.com/es-es/learning ... redit.aspx

Thank you for your post, let me know if you have additional questions!
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