Financial Aid Resources
Funding Education Beyond High School
Comprehensive, informative websites on all forms of possible financial aid.
FAFSA4caster enables high school students and their parents to get an early estimate on what financial aid they might be eligible for before actually completing the FAFSA form.
To apply for Federal (and some state) Financial Aid you must complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have to pay anyone to complete the FAFSA you are not on the correct website.
In order to complete the FAFSA form online you (and your parent if a Dependent Student) must apply for a PIN #. This will serve as your electronic signature throughout the life of your education.
For a listing of potential State of MI awards please visit this website.
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Student Loan borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling before receiving a loan disbursement and must complete Exit Counseling upon going below half-time status, graduating, or not returning to the same college the following semester. If you are taking out a student Stafford loan or parent PLUS loan, each borrower must also complete their respective electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN). The borrower would use his or her federal PIN# to electronically sign the eMPN.
Students at any time can view their Federal Loan and Federal Pell Grant history on the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS). All schools must report Enrollment Histories for any student receiving Federal Loans and/or Federal Pell Grants. Students can see aggregate loan amounts and lender contact information. Students log in using their federal PIN#. By clicking on “MyStudentData” button on the NSLDS Student Access website ( www.nslds.ed.gov), students may download their loan, grant, enrollment, and overpayment information, into a machine-readable, plain text file.
Private Student Loan Options: Private loans fill in the gap between remaining need after all other institutional, federal, and third-party assistance have been exhausted. The second website provides information on avoiding deceptive loan offers.
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