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.  
   
  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  
   
  Are you discouraged because you think the possibility of receiving a scholarship is too slim to even waste your time applying? How much money do you think the University of Alaska gives away each year in scholarships?  
  1 Definitely over $6 million.  
  2 Definitely under $6 million.  
  3 Maybe a few hundred thousand dollars?  
  4 The University of Alaska offers scholarships?  
   
  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!  
   
  Do you know all the types of Financial Aid available to students? You have probably heard of student loans; however that is just one option students may choose to pay for college. Test your knowledge of financial aid by choosing which one of the following is not a type of financial aid:  
  1 Loans  
  2 Grants  
  3 Scholarships  
  4 Savings Accounts  
     
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