Mistakes on the FAFSA can cost tens of thousands of dollars per year in lost financial aid. This Step-by-step video course shows you how to accurately file this important form, and answers most of the common questions we have answered in the thousands of forms we have personally processed for families.
Our “How-To" Video Tutorials are for Do-It-Yourself families who want a budgetary, yet effective, solution to help them complete the Financial Aid Forms correctly. If your financial profile isn't overly complicated, then this might be all you need.
You won't be one of those families who don't have a clue about what their EFC is until their children are seniors in high school and they've applied for financial aid.
Your EFC calculation represents what a college will expect you to pay at a minimum for one year of a child's college. The EFC is calculated based on family income, certain investment assets, number of people in the household and in college.
Many families are shocked when they obtain their EFC. Don't let that be you.
Your PIN (and that of the custodial parent if you are a dependent student) can be used each year to electronically sign the FAFSA, to sign promissory notes for government aid, and to access your Federal Student Aid records online
How much you're eligible for will depend on the financial and personal information you provide on the FAFSA.
To make sure your data goes to the correct school, enter each school's federal school code. The FAFSA allows only 10 colleges per application, so this video shows you how to send your information to more than 10 colleges.
For colleges to accurately process your financial information, they have a streamlined process for verification...problem is, there are so many common situations that make the Data Retrieval Tool unusable, so this video shows you other options.
Excel Spreadsheet to calculate your Out of Pocket Costs
Tom and Lawrene Bottorf have been college admissions and financial aid counselors for nearly 12 years, and are considered experts in the field. Tom was an electrical engineer (graduated from Penn State) for 30 years, and was looking for a different direction. He worked for a financial planner for a while, and noticed the need for accurate information, not rumors from other parents.
Lawrene was a small business owner for many years, in addition to teaching for several years in the local high school. Coming from the perspective of being a single parent for a long time, yet having graduate degrees in college, I understand the desire to educate your children. I also am empathetic to the plight of being able to pay for college, save for retirement, and just make ends meet.
I am passionate about turning this culture of "Debt is Normal" around, and watching families break free of the chains of debt that enslave them. We founded GetCollegeFunding in 2005 out of a growing concern for families who were burying themselves in debt. We realized this was happening because there was no relevant information easily accessible.
We now speak to thousands in high schools, and serve hundreds of paying clients per year...and need to take our message out to the masses. People need help paying for college!