There are two very beneficial tools on EducationQuest's website that help make preparing for the FAFSA easier: the College Funding Estimator and the FAFSA tutorial. The College Funding Estimator calculates a family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and also provides an estimate of possible Pell Grant awards if a family qualifies. The FAFSA tutorial is another helpful resource that will help walk you through each question on the form. The FAFSA contains several pages of questions - some of which can be complicated. The FAFSA tutorials and handouts found at www.educationquest.org are certainly helpful!
Students and parents filling out the FAFSA are required to sign up for a FAFSA PIN. The PIN acts as an electronic signature and allows both students and parents to legally sign the forms over the computer. The student and parent have to have their own unique FAFSA PIN and you can apply for one before you apply for the FAFSA.
FINANCIAL AID TOOLS AND THE NEBRASKA OPPORTUNITY GRANT
The Financial Aid Estimator is a helpful way to get a quick estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is not as accurate as the College Funding Estimator from EducationQuest but it is a lot easier to use. Keep in mind that the FAFSA is the final resource that determines what the official EFC is and whether you are Pell Grant eligible.
The State of Nebraska offers a grant opportunity for some students who apply to a Nebraska college or university. The Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) is awarded though post-secondary institutions within the state. Students are encouraged to apply early and complete their FAFSA before the deadlines established by each institution in order to give themselves the best chance to receive a Nebraska Opportunity Grant.
The Guide to Federal Student Aid is a document put out by the U.S. Department of Education. This manual will give all the information on grants, work study, loans and other topics with regard to federal financial aid.