b'STEP 8: Start Thinking About be eligible for all financial aid from the federal government, Paying for College your state, and the college you ultimately choose to attend.Many colleges also require you to submit the FAFSA toRead pages 39-50 of the Guide and check out the be considered for major scholarships. We recommend youFinancial Aid and Scholarships feature on the SUTC submit your FAFSA by December 1 stto be considered for mobile app. the best financial opportunities available.Watch the video Paying for College Some colleges and universities require students to completeon www.youtube.com/StepUptoCollege. the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile), whichcollects information for financial aid decisions. You areBy planning early, you will be prepared to pursue a financial eligible to receive CSS Profile fee waivers if you are aaid award that will make attending college possible for you. first-year undergraduate applicant whose parents live in theUnderstanding how to break down college costs and apply United States. The application opens on October 1, 2022.for financial aid is critical when choosing a college. It is available at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org.Learn about the types of financial aid: Learn the seven steps to conquer the FAFSA Grants (such as Federal Pell) are considered gift aidWith your family, look over the FAFSA tips and resourcesand do not have to be repaid. PHEAA, www.pheaa.org,on pages 44-45 of the Guide and on the SUTC mobile appis available for residents of Pennsylvania. for step-by-step instructions on completing the FAFSA. Scholarships can range from a few hundred dollarsThe 2022 form will become available October 1, 2022.to the entire cost of your education, and do not needUse the Net Price Calculatorsto be repaid. Net price calculators are federally mandated to be on all Loans (such as direct loans and private student loans)college and university financial aid websites to provide ahave to be repaid with interest. financial aid estimate based on cost of attendance. Visit Federal work-study provides you with part-timewww.collegecost.ed.gov/net-price to search for differentemployment on campus. schools calculators and to learn more.Familiarize yourself with the FAFSA and CSS Profile Research scholarship opportunitiesThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) See pages 50 and 61 of the Guide for a list of scholarshipsis available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You must complete and and scholarship search engines. You can also access thissubmit this form to the U.S. Department of Education to information on the SUTC mobile app.RISING SENIOR CHECKLISTThe eight action steps to take this summer:Obtain a copy of the Guide, download the free SUTC mobile app, and get connected Questions? to the digital media resources. Visit www.stepuptocollege.org Learn about different types of colleges. for more information. Register and study for the SAT and/or ACT.Determine what colleges might be a good fit for you.Plan for upcoming college visits.Familiarize yourself with the application process and college admissions options.Draft your application essays.Understand financial aid, gather financial documents (such as 1040 tax forms, W-2 forms, etc.), and research scholarships.'