Understanding College Financial Aid: Demystifying the Process and Maximizing Eligibility
Sunday, April 19, 1:15 - 3 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library - Meeting Room C
100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Cost: $20/person or $25/family due to confirm registration.
• Comparing funding sources to pay for college
• Comparison of savings accounts and investment vehicles and their effect on aid eligibility
• Types of aid – merit-based and need-based
• Calculation of ‘need’
• Cost of Attendance (COA) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
• Strategies to improve aid eligibility and To Do List
Participants should leave with an understanding of the mechanics of the financial aid process, awareness of important dates and inspiration to use tools to evaluate your family's situation and take action.
While the presentation may seem most appropriate for families with students considering college soon, parents of younger children are strongly encouraged to attend. There are important benefits to educating yourself and taking a quick look at the financial side of the college process as early as elementary or middle school age.
About the presenter, Libby Searles-Bohs, Consultant
I am a parent with one child in college and a second attending high school. I bring together fifteen years of tax preparation work, four years of assisting clients as a Daily Money Manager, and financial aid trainings with the Director of the College Foundation of North Carolina Steve Brooks and Davidson College's Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Christopher Gruber. This blend of perspectives allows me to bridge the divide between the complex world of financial aid and each family's unique situation.