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  1. Financial Planning_Apply for Financial Aid

    Read this document to learn how to apply for financial aid.

    Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID)

    Create a Federal Student Aid Identification. This allows you to become active in the information system, protect your account with a password and username, access the U.S. Department of Education, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and electronically sign documents.

    Collect Records and Documents

    PMP - September 29, 2021

  2. Financial Planning_College Tuition

    Review this document to learn about tuition and related fees when you attend college.

    What is Tuition?

    Tuition represents the cost of courses at a college or university. Factors that influence the price of tuition are the type of institution, academic program, cost of instruction, type of instruction, number of credits, and residency (in-state vs. out-of-state). Tuition varies from college to college, so it is important to do your research and learn about the tuition charges at your selected college. 

    PMP - September 29, 2021

  3. Financial Planning_Cutting College Costs

    Review this document for a list of ways to cut college costs.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  4. Financial Planning_Federal Financial Aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Review this document to understand how Federal financial aid and academic progress are connected.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

    If you are receiving financial aid (loans, grants, other) through the U.S. Department of Education, you will want to understand the importance of maintaining your grades and progress throughout your college years. The Department of Education has established criteria for eligibility of financial aid based on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), as defined below:

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  5. Financial Planning_Hidden College Costs

    Review this document to learn about costs associated with college attendance.

    Application & Entrance Fees 

    The cost of applying to multiple colleges can add up! You will pay for the college application, official transcripts, and official test scores, when applicable. In some cases, a fee is collected to reserve a space for new student orientation and course registration. Get the pre-enrollment costs by contacting your institution.

    Relocation & Transportation

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  6. Financial Planning_Sources of Financial Assistance

    Read this document to learn about the ways you can fund your education.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  7. Financial Planning_Student Loans_Common Questions

    Review common questions and answers regarding educational loans.

    Are educational loans free money?

    No. Educational loans are borrowed funds that must be repaid.

    Do educational loans accrue interest?

    Yes. The loan type will dictate whether a loan accrues interest, the amount of interest you can expect and when the interest begins to accrue.

    Is there a limit to the amount of money that can be borrowed?

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  8. Financial Planning_Student Loans

    Review this document to learn basic information about student loans.

    • Loans are different from scholarships and grants, which are available to those who meet specific criteria.

    • Loans come from a variety of sources such as the federal government, private businesses, and other organizations.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  9. Student Resources_Academic Accommodation

    Read this document to learn about tips to transfer academic accommodation for disabilities between institutions and/or establish accommodations at your new institution.

    • Ensure that all of your academic accessibility information is up-to-date.

    • To avoid delays, know your institutional deadlines and timelines for submitting documentation.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  10. Student Resources_Building a Support Network

    Read this document to learn about building a support network.

    Making the transition to college (or from one college to another) can be challenging. Developing and nurturing support networks (and being a part of others' support networks), can contribute to a smooth transition. Some tips that may help you during this process include the following:

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  11. Student Resources_Common Student Support Services

    Read this document to learn about common student support services.

    Career Services personnel offer you assistance with writing resumes, finding a job, accessing career fairs, and applying to internships or graduate school.

    Counseling Services offer professional confidential counseling and referral services at little or no cost to you.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  12. Student Resources_First Generation Student Support

    Review this document to gain tips for first-generation students.

    Who are First-Generation (First-Gen) Students?

    Generally, you’re considered a first-generation college student if you’re the first in your family to attend (or complete) college. Some colleges may have different definitions for first-gen students, such as those whose parents did not attend college but whose siblings did attend college. 

    What are Some Tips for First-Gen Students?

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  13. Student Resources_Online Learning

    Use this document to determine if online learning is right for you.

    What is online learning?

    Online learning is a type of learning offered via computer. You can attend classes during times established by the instructor (synchronously) or at times that work with your schedule during the semester (asynchronously). Course assignments, instructor communication and peer communication are generally available online. 

    Is online learning for you?

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  14. Student Resources_Success With Technology

    Review this document to learn about tips for college success related to the use of technology.

    What Technology Will You Need?

    Generally, colleges and universities require students to use computers or other connected devices before, during and after enrollment. You will likely need to use software applications for the following:

    • Applying to college

    • Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  15. Student Resources_Transferring During A Pandemic

    Read this document to gain tips for transferring during a pandemic.

    1. Check admission requirements at colleges you’re interested in. Due to the pandemic and its evolving impact, some colleges have temporarily changed admissions criteria. 

    2. Check the transfer policies at the college(s) you’re considering. In addition to checking the standard transfer policies, check for temporary and modified transfer policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  16. Transfer Steps_Alternative Transfer Credit Options

    Use this document to learn about alternative ways of earning college credit.

    Advanced Placement (AP)

    The Advanced Placement (AP) program, created by the College Board, is a college-level curriculum offering courses, exams and placement to high school students. After completion of coursework, a comprehensive examination is administered by high school instructors at the local high school. Based on completion of the exam and qualifying scores, you can earn college credit while enrolled in high school.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  17. Transfer Steps_Adult Degree Completion Options

    Use this document to learn about colleges and universities in Virginia that offer degree completion programs aimed at adult students.

    If you’re an adult student who left college before you were able to complete your degree, there are a number of options for you in Virginia. These include the following:

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  18. Transfer Steps_Appealing Transfer Credits

    Use this document to learn how you can appeal the transfer credit evaluation completed at your college or university.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  19. Transfer Steps_Get Advice_Pay For College

    Read this information to learn more about areas you can explore to pay for college.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  20. Transfer Steps_Explore Your Options_Transfer Opportunities

    Review these terms to understand the various opportunities available to you as you make decisions along your academic journey.

    PMP - September 30, 2021