Texas Tech University

Financial Aid Workshop for College Access Professionals

Welcome to the 2019 Financial Aid Workshop!

Friday, July 26th

Check-in: 8:30 with coffee and muffins

Workshop: 9am-4pm, lunch provided

TTU Innovation Hub at Research Park

3911 4th Street

Lubbock, TX 79415


Workshop Materials:

2019 Financial Aid Workshop Schedule

Session Presentation Slides:

  • Telling the Financial Aid Story
    • Financial aid works essentially the same way no matter where a student chooses to go to college.
    • Topics include: financial aid applications; Expected Family Contribution; institutional scholarships (general/merit); other requirements; external scholarships; earned assistance; borrowed assistance; timelines.
  • The Language of Financial Aid
    • Why comparing schools can be so hard!
    • Topics include: terms used differently by institutions; what to compare on financial aid notifications; common misconceptions. Words set expectations and can clarify or confuse students.
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    • The FAFSA kicks off the financial aid process.
    • Topics include: Who needs an FSA ID? Common mistakes to avoid; Data Retrieval Tool; using the myStudentAid app as a tool.
  • Education and the American Dream
    • What financial aid is available to students new to the US and how to access it.
    • Topics include: non-US citizens; Texas residents; DACA; Dreamers; undocumented students/parents; TASFA; strategies and timelines.
  • Unique Students and Situations
    • Helping students with unusual stories.
    • Topics include: Special Circumstances; dependency; foster and homeless student.
  • Verification Demystified
    • About 30% of students who complete the FAFSA are selected for Verification.
    • Topics include: types of verification; requirements; and forms; strategies to help students resolve Verification.
  • Is Loan a 4 Letter Word?
    • Many students will use student loans to help fund their education.
    • Topics include: trends; types of student loans; strategies for minimizing student debt; resources for students.

Questions? Laura Scott laura.scott@ttu.edu 806-834-3933