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A Beginner's Look at College Financial Aid

This lesson will provide a detailed overview of the college financial aid process, including financial aid applications and eligibility, how colleges determine the financial aid for each student, and the specifics of financial aid offers. This lesson is intended for counselors who are new to their roles and want all the basics of advising students and families about college financing.

Lesson Objectives

After completing this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Identify major components of the college financial aid process
  • Speak to the FAFSA, the CSS Profile, and how financial aid decisions are made
  • Assist students and families who are going through the financial aid process

Lesson Deliverables

To complete this lesson, participants will:

Complete the MEFA Institute Evidence of Learning Form to earn 1 PDP for this lesson.

Please note: This lesson is intended for counselors who are new to their roles and want all the basics of advising students and families about college financing. For counselors who have been in their role for more time, please explore An Advanced Look at College Financial Aid.

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