So, you have completed filling out your FAFSA form and you’re done right? Wrong…. There is still much that needs to be done. First, make sure you received a confirmation email to your preferred email for your FAFSA application. This can take a minute but is important in today’s world of browser issues, cached data, and timed out connections. Once you have received confirmation, watch for your Student Award Report (SAR). You will verify that your SAR is accurate. One of the nice things about FAFSA is you can track your progress beginning immediately on their website FAFSA.Gov. Your student award letter will come when you enroll at Clark and contain your specific information for your funding. If you are planning to attend the current term, you must be enrolled/registered for classes before financial aid fund can be added to your award for the current term. You can register for classes before you receive your financial award, however, if you do not receive your award and are past the designated withdraw with refund from class period you will be responsible for the tuition and fees of the class. From here you can view any additional tasks need and monitor their progress. If you are a first-time student loan borrower, you will need to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). Don’t worry these are not as bad as they sound and are completed fairly quickly. The first talks about your loans and financial planning the latter is you saying you will pay back your loans. Easy stuff!
Couple of reminders.
This is not a one and done application. You must reapply for FAFSA every year. If you are in for four years you should be making four applications.
Work study does not disburse with the rest of the funds it is paid throughout the year. Make sure to plan accordingly.
Do not forget about WAFSA. If you were unable to apply for FAFSA you can still apply for Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA).
Be your own advocate. Visit the Zoom rooms for financial aid if you have questions or concerns. Ask for help. Ask for specialists to look at you profile. You will never miss a task or deadline if you are always looking for what to do next.
Good luck and may your tech be with you.