Getting the Word Out
Dispelling Myths About Financial Aid
Many students make incorrect assumptions about their eligibility for federal student aid. As a result, they sometimes simply refuse to submit a FAFSA, believing there is no point in doing so. We encourage you to distribute our "Myths About Financial Aid" fact sheet to correct students' and parents' false assumptions and remind them that filling out the FAFSA opens the door to a majority of the student aid awarded in the United States.
Reaching "At-risk" Students
Certain students have the aptitude for postsecondary education but tend not to continue their studies beyond high school or to drop out before completing high school. These students are frequently referred to as "at-risk" students.
Many high schools, postsecondary schools, private organizations, and government agencies have cooperated in developing early-intervention programs for students who otherwise might not go to college. Get suggestions on working with at-risk students.
Publications for Parents
The U.S. Department of Education’s ed.gov website has a section with publications for parents designed to address parents' concerns about their children's education.
Additionally, the College Preparation Checklist produced by the office of Federal Student Aid has many tips for parents. Learn how to order Federal Student Aid publications.