The deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 10th! This crucial form determines your eligibility for financial aid, including Pell Grants, federal student loans and work-study jobs. Without it, college can be much more expensive!
Fortunately, IU East has lots of knowledgeable people to help you. The office of financial aid and scholarships http://www.iue.edu/finaid is a great place to start. Director Sarah Soper and Associate director Amy Jarecki are very helpful for providing much reliable information. Did you know that a student needs to file a FAFSA every year to be eligible for federal and state aid? Did you know that graduate students need to file the FAFSA every year? You can contact these dedicated IU East staff to help you navigate the process.
If you’re interested in learning on your own, IU East has plenty of great resources for you. It can be a challenge to wade through the vast world of information to locate what you need, so we’ve selected a number of sources and aids that are likely to be useful to you. The column on the right side of this list are sources hand-picked by Amy, and include information on the FAFSA and student loans, as well as thought provoking documents on money personality and why financial literacy is so important. The left column includes library resources. We have a wealth of articles in our databases about financial literacy, money matters, and financial aid, but these should be especially helpful. And we have a load of financial literacy books, as well. You can choose from titles like Ultimate Financial Plan: Balancing Your Money and Life by Jim Stovall, Degunking Your Personal Finances by Shannon Plate, On the Road: Starting Out by Sheryl Garrett, Your Money and Your Life: A Lifetime Approach to Money Management by Robert Aliber, or Financial Literacy Education: Neoliberalism, the Consumer and the Citizen by Michael Peters.
And of course, the US government has lots of material on line to help. The Education Department and the Treasury Department have plenty to say about the FAFSA and financial literacy, and tools like My Money can help with earning, borrowing, and investing money wisely.
More, here at IU East there is a faculty learning community to discuss strategies that can help students improve their financial literacy. Members are interested in your input. To share your ideas please contact Amy Jarecki, Lora Baldwin, Tonya Breimeyer, Oi Lin Cheung, Roger Crane, or Frances Yates.