PHEAA Announces April Webinars

Paying for College and Options for Balances  4/4 Tuesday, Noon;  4/20 Thursday, 6:30pm This one-hour webinar is for students and families that are starting to plan or are in the thick of decisions with May 1st, National Admissions Day, right around the corner. Affording the costs is one topic that is on everyone’s mind. This presentation by PHEAA’s Daniel Wray and Linda Pacewicz of the PAForward program will review the types of  Aid available, what needs to be done to check for eligibility and provide tips on the options for covering the balances and making affordable decisions. Don’t miss it! 

Financial Aid and Planning Q&A with PHEAA   4/6 Thursday, 6:30pm;  4/18 Tuesday, Noon Articles related to funding a higher education are in the news almost every day and it can lead even the most knowledgeable of us into information overload. Have you ever wanted to simply ask a few specific questions, yet couldn’t find anyone to ask?  Maybe you have questions about planning for college, finding the right school, applying for scholarships, applying for federal and state aid, understanding offer letters, completing loan applications, comparing federal loans to private loans,  repaying/refinancing loans after graduation – etc.  Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PHEAA for a wide open one hour Q&A session.  Ask your questions in an open  forum or privately via the chat. Hope to see you there!

REGISTER: https://www.pheaa.org/virtual

Apply for an interest-free loan from Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning

Seniors! Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning online loan application period is OPEN! The deadline is 4/28/23 to apply for our interest-free student loans for the 2023-24 school year. Since 1961, LDHL has provided more than 14,000 loans totaling more than $19 million! We can help students achieve their educational dreams. Apply online at  https://lancdollars.org/ 

Upcoming Financial Aid Webinars

Advanced Planning for Financing Higher Education   

2/21/23 Tuesday 6:30pm

The thought of Higher Education costs can be overwhelming, however planning and identifying what you can do to help lessen those costs is an important step.  It’s never too early or too late to start understanding what those costs are and what is available to help maintain, plan and help you make affordable decisions.  Join Dan Wray and Linda Pacewicz of PHEAA’s PA Forward Program in a one hour webinar to begin that process and become prepared.

Searching for Scholarships and Affording the Balance  

2/9/23 Thursday Noon;  2/23/23 Thursday 6:30pm

There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for Scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing.  This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying.  It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started.  We’ll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions.  Join PHEAA for an hour of detailed information on this topic.

Register here

Your one stop shop! Here is a list of helpful financial aid links and their descriptions.

ResourceNote
Board of Governors Scholarship for PASSHE SchoolsProvides the 2020-21 scholarship cut-offs for a scholarship specific to PASSHE schools.
CSS ProfileFinancial aid application required by some schools but not all.
CSS Profile explanation slidesOverview of CSS Profile.
CSS Profile list of institutionsList of schools that require CSS.
FAFSA login creationMust be done before starting FAFSA.
FAFSA websiteGather all documents before you start.
FAFSA completion guide (simple and in-depth)“How-to” guides
Financial aid guide for studentsGets you started with financial aid
Financial aid guide for undocumented studentsBest overview out there – and if you find one better, let us know!
Financial aid resources for counselorsPHEAA’s page with counselor resources
Financial aid resources for studentsPHEAA’s page with student resources
Foster care: Chafee GrantChafee is a national program for people who have been in foster care, and this is the PA website
Foster care: free tuition in PAPA has a new program offering free tuition for people who have been in foster care
How much aid is given by each collegeLists the percent of need met by 450+ colleges, plus the average aid package
PA State Grant instructionsStep-by-step guide for applying to PA’s state grant
State grant websites for DE, MD, NJ, and PALinks to each state’s websites
Scholarship guide from Malvern PrepCompilation of PA and national scholarship sites
Scholarship guide from Girard CollegeCompilation of Philly-area, identity-based, highly selective, lower selectivity, and national sites
TheDream.USScholarship resources for undocumented and DACAmented students who came to the US before November 2016

PHEAA April Webinars

Covering the Gap – pieces of the puzzle to help pay the bill    

4/12  6:30 pm  and  4/19 Noon – Tuesdays

Understanding education balances can be confusing and whether you’re trying to address the costs or beginning to plan for higher education, this review is for you.  Join PHEAA representatives Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray for a 1 hour webinar that will emphasize best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first), remind families about additional resources (such as payment plans), and review private/alternative loans as a last resort in the process of covering the Gap and keeping balances affordable.  The discussion will also include the basics of credit, what factors impact a credit score, how can a credit score be improved and the effects on your borrowing capability

Borrowing for Education – which loan is right for me?  

4/14 Noon  and  4/21 6:30pm – Thursdays

I’ve done everything right so far: found the perfect school, made it through the admissions process, filed my FAFSA, filed my State Grant Form, applied for scholarships, researched higher education costs and calculated my funding gap.  Now that I can see an education loan is a necessity, where do I go from here?  What loan programs are available? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various types?  Join financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar to review the different borrowing options and examine the details associated with each option.  Linda and Dan will answer your questions as you sort out the information and make decisions that are right for you and your family.

Register for all webinars at pheaa.org/virtual

Virtual College Fair

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Virtual College Fair
Registration is Open!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Educational Sessions at 4pm
College Presentations at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Registration is now open for our Virtual College Fair! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free. During the Virtual College Fair, you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too! Each program will start with a college knowledge session:  
April 19 – Ask a Counselor
April 27 – Financial Aid