Navigating Financial Aid: A Tarleton State Financial Assistance Counselor Weighs In
Sep 14, 2017 06:10PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
Luckily, Nancy Perez, Financial Assistance Counselor with Tarleton State University, was able to answer a few of our financial aid questions. Read on to get a few tips from an expert.
A lot of college students file for financial aid. What's the best way to manage this?
There is often a lot of paperwork. Are there any tips you have for approaching this process?
When submitting the paperwork make sure that all of the requested documentation is there. If you need help, ask. We know that Financial Aid can be difficult to maneuver through, that is why your Financial Aid office is there to help you.
What's the best way to stay on top of the progress once everything is submitted?
PRO TIP: Be patient. Once everything is submitted, give it time to process. I have students call me as soon as they press submit to check their aid. It can take about 48 hours for your FAFSA to get to us.
Once accepted, what's the best way to manage it?
At most schools, your financial aid will pay out to your student bill first know what day that is for your school.
You might be getting more financial aid money than what your student bill states, if so, you will then be receiving a refund. My advice for your refund is to put away the money you will need for next semester.
Do you have any tips for incoming students & families filing for financial aid?
- File your FAFSA on time!
- Apply for the FAFSA even if you think you will not receive aid.
- Talk to your Financial Aid Counselor, we are here to help you navigate through the financial aid world.
Anything else we need to know?
Also, always apply for scholarships! If you do not the answer will always be “No”.