Even teachers and counselors who are well-versed in the process and experienced in guiding students need to brush up on the most current trends, guidelines and topics. Organizations like the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators – (NASFAA) offer resources that can help teachers and counselors be the best possible mentors.
National Training for Counselors and Mentors
Provided by NASFAA, this resource directs counselors to free resources, tools, information and training.
2017-18 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid
The government compiles and maintains this resource, which is designed for anyone advising students on the particulars of securing financial aid.
Poised to Lead
Counselors and teachers can use this guide to better understand how to walk students through the process of applying for and obtaining financial aid for college.
Use Multimedia Educational Tools
Organizations like StudentAid.gov provide teachers and counselors with resources and instructional aids in a variety of formats. Information is often easier for students to digest when it’s delivered in a graphic presentation or video format.
Financial Aid Process Video
This video lets students know what to expect while applying for financial aid.
Types of Federal Student Aid Video
Another video resource that helps make students aware of their options when pursuing financial aid.
Prepare for Questions from Non-Traditional Students
Guidance counselors should be ready to serve students who have specialty cases, such as those in military exemptions and those who are encountering issues with attending foreign schools.
Military Service Aid Worksheet
Here you’ll find information specific to securing aid for military members, their dependents and spouses.
International Student Worksheet
This resource is filled with facts and contacts necessary for students, both graduate and undergraduate, who are pursuing an education overseas.
Understand the Needs of Low-Income Students
Low-income students might need extra help seeking and securing financing for college. The good news is, they also have programs at their disposal designed just for them. Teachers and counselors should put themselves in the best position possible to serve these high-need students.
Form Your Future
This organization exists specifically to help students from less-affluent families secure financial aid.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Like Pell grants, FSEOG grants serve undergraduate students with “exceptional financial needs”.
Rules, regulations, options and programs often vary wildly state by state. As a teacher or counselor, it’s your job to focus on the offerings and organizations available specifically in the state where your students live and study.
State Financial Aid Programs
Here you’ll find information on state-specific grants, scholarships and financial aid programs.
State and Regional College Tuition Discounts
This resource provides information on securing reduced tuition rates for out-of-state schools through regional or state-to-state agreements.