Share updates and reminders about financial aid with your students.

Use articles and emails to distribute important information.

Articles and Emails

It seems almost weekly that we see in the media that today's young people don't like to read anything longer than a bullet point. That generalization may hold some truth, but because some people (including your students' parents, perhaps) are still willing to gather their information via the written word, we'd like to share some thoughts about disseminating financial aid information via articles and emails. And we promise to keep things short.

Using Articles About Federal Student Aid
Using Emails About Federal Student Aid


Using Articles About Federal Student Aid

If you have a school or parent-teacher organization newspaper, you might wish to include an occasional article about financial aid or college preparation. We plan to provide some samples for you throughout the year via our Search Financial Aid Tools and Resources page. Meanwhile, here are some topics you might consider, along with web pages that have wording you can adapt for your articles:

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Using Emails About Federal Student Aid

If you have your students' email addresses, you may want to send them periodic reminders about topics such as these:

  • The availability of the FAFSA (send this one in early October, along with a reminder of the FAFSA's .gov URL and the fact that it is a free application)
  • Your state's or local college's FAFSA deadline (many are in February or March, but several states have a deadline of "as soon as possible after Oct. 1")
  • Informing colleges of the decision whether to attend; and making a deposit (send late April for those May 1 deadlines)
  • Preparing for the end of a loan's grace period (frequently in November, so send this in late September or early October)

To enhance the effectiveness of your emails, you may choose to attach fact sheets, infographics, or videos. We've got a large selection on our Search Financial Aid Tools and Resources page.

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