Happy Friday! This Friday isn’t just like any other Friday. It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving Break. Congratulations for almost making it through the semester. Enjoy your break, you’ve earned it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be using the break on to prepare for final exams and projects—or at least stress out about them. Another source of stress might be paying for college. With the new semester just around the corner, bank accounts are draining but here are some things you can be doing over Thanksgiving Break to help increase your financial security.
1. Fill Out Your FAFSA Hopefully you’ve seen it everywhere but just a quick reminder, the FAFSA deadline has changed to December 1st. Thanksgiving break is a great time to talk to family members to make sure you’re getting all of the right information. If you filled out the FAFSA last year, you can actually use the same tax information which is convenient. EVERYBODY should take the time to fill out the FAFSA because you never really know what you can expect from it!
2. Financial Aid Scholarships The Office of Financial Aid has a really nice application that allows you to apply for all of their scholarships with one form. There are quite a few questions about your background and experience and while they’re straight forward, it’s nice to get a head start on those before the March 1st deadline. You can find the application here. If you have any questions about these scholarships or the FAFSA be sure to stop by the Financial Aid Office on the ground floor of Beardshear
3. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarships Our college offers its own scholarships to students be sure to check out all of those opportunities here. If you’re going to be a freshman for the 2017-18 school year you can fill out your application now before the December 1st deadline. If you’re a current student, you can start filling out the application on December 5th before the February 1st deadline. You can use Thanksgiving break to take a look over the list of scholarships and see which ones you might be eligible form. LAS also has a one size fits all application that will allow you to fill out one application to be considered for all of the scholarships.
4. Take some time to relax With all this talk about scholarships and finals quickly approaching, it can be easy to forget that Thanksgiving Break is, in fact, supposed to be a break. Scholarships are great to receive but remember that they are short term solutions. Take this week to be slightly productive but be sure to spend a lot of time with family, friends, and Netflix