Did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is launching early this year?
If you’re planning to apply for federal aid for the 2017 – 2018 school year, you can do so beginning October 1, 2016.
Deciding how to pay for your education can be daunting — but it doesn’t have to be! At the JWU College of Online Education, we work with you as soon as you’re accepted.
We asked our dedicated Online Student Financial Planning Counselors — Lisa Rosa and Michelle Doss — about the process and how they can help.
How do you help students decide which financial aid options are right for them?
Lisa: Every student is different. We review each payment option and what it might look like and make sure they understand how each one works.
Michelle: We look at their financial goals, as well, and share tools, like iGrad, which helps educate students on smart financial management, not only for college loans but also general financial advice for all areas of their lives.
Why do you encourage accepted students to reach out to you ASAP?
Michelle: We want to make sure that students are set up for success. If you don’t make a financial plan, it could impact your schedule and your ability to participate and be actively involved in class.
Lisa: One advantage to knowing your financial plan is that you can budget and plan ahead. Plus, sometimes it can take up to a month to gather all the necessary documentation to fully clear a student. Start early!
What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with students?
Lisa: Ask as many questions as you need to — we’re here to help you!
Michelle: A lot of students think they can’t get financial aid because they don’t understand all their options. Reach out to us — we’re part of your support system and are here to help make sure you are good to go!
Don’t let the financial aid process slow down your education.
For more information on how Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education can help you pursue your career goals, contact us at 855-JWU-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out the “Request Info” form on this page.