Financial Aid Do's and Don'ts
College can be expensive! But it's also one of the best investments you can make in yourself. To help you get the most of that investment, we've put together these helpful financial aid do's and don'ts.
Do: Fill out your FAFSA.
Don't: Wait until the last minute.
We wrote an entire post about filling out your FAFSA for the 2019/2020 aid year. Your FAFSA lets you know if you’re eligible for federal loans, grants and scholarships. Some scholarships and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you submit your FAFSA, the better!
Do: Apply for scholarships.
Don't: Limit your search to one place.
There are hundreds of scholarship opportunities for Ferris students, and many of them can be found on our scholarship page. But don’t just look there! You can apply for scholarships at your community college, through your employer and through many community organizations. The possibilities are endless.
Do: Ask your employer about assistance.
Don't: Forget about Third-Party Billing.
If you’re working and going to school, it’s probably a good idea to ask your employer if they participate in Third-Party Billing. The program is there to assist employees that are furthering their education.
Do: Look into tuition payment plans.
Don't: Think you need to pay all of your tuition up front.
We know that looking at your tuition bill can be scary. But don’t worry! We offer a few different tuition payment plans to take some of the stress out of paying for classes.
Do: Contact your Financial Aid Officer.
No matter what your question is, we’re here to help you figure it out. For more information on financial aid, schedule an appointment with a financial aid officer, email [email protected] or head to our Financial Aid page.