Don't be afraid to try making a presentation about financial aid. The basics are easy to grasp and explain; and if you're at an intermediate level of knowledge, you can go into more depth in your remarks. Supplement your message with the handouts we've highlighted on this page, or find more using our "Search Financial Aid Tools and Resources" functionality.
Want to get a grounding in the concepts of financial aid before you talk to students and parents about it? You can teach yourself via the "Learn About Financial Aid" section of this website, or you can get training in financial aid.
Make a Presentation Introducing Federal Student Aid and the FAFSA® Form
Before your students dive into filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, give them a grasp of the types of financial aid, the general application process, and where to learn more.
Tip: You may use the PowerPoint presentation we've provided below and edit it to include information about your state's financial aid or other topics particularly relevant to your students.
- Don't decide on a college based on its tuition; wait until you know your net cost so you can see how affordable it'll truly be for you.
- Don't assume you won't qualify for financial aid; apply and find out.
Finding Money for College or Career School(Result Type: PPT)
Description: This presentation provides a basic introduction to types of financial aid and how to apply for federal student aid using the FAFSA. [152 KB]
Resource Type: Presentation
Do You Need Money for College? Apply for Federal Student Aid(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Publication that provides information on applying for aid, types of federal student aid and eligibility, the FAFSA form, and student loan repayment. [3.84 MB]
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Make a Presentation About Filling Out the FAFSA® Form
As FAFSA filing time approaches, your students will feel less anxious if they know what to expect. You might wish to use the FAFSA demonstration site to give students and parents a preview of the application. (You'll need internet access in the room where you're presenting.) For a more traditional talk, use a PowerPoint presentation. Learn about the FAFSA demo site, and access a link to the site.
Talking point: Meeting school and state deadlines can make a difference in the amount of aid a student receives.
The FAFSA® Process graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that explains the process of preparing for, completing, and submitting a FAFSA form. Includes info on what happens after a FAFSA form is submitted. [752 KB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF), Text Version(Result Type: General)
Make a Presentation About Responsible Student Loan Borrowing
Although millions of students get grants and scholarships for college each year, the fact is that your students are more than likely going to end up getting student loans.
Tip: Real stories of student loan borrowers can be very effective as you raise awareness of rights and responsibilities. See if there's a recent college graduate from your local area who would be willing to talk about how his or her monthly loan payments compared to his or her income. There's no need to go into specific dollar amounts; just a general message about what the borrower can or can't afford due to debt load might get the point across.
- Interest accrues throughout college on a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and then is capitalized when the borrower enters repayment. If the borrower pays the interest while in college, he or she could save a nice amount of money in the long run.
- If you live like a student while you're in college, you're less likely to have to live like one after you graduate.