“There are so many financial aid options, I don’t know where to start.”

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No one knows the details for all the financial aid available but together we can find out! Step one is to complete a FAFSA form. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Your Southwest TN Reconnect advisor will be happy to work through this application with you. Whatever school you choose, they will have a financial aid office to help you acquire the necessary funds.

“I won’t qualify for financial aid because I’m not a top student.”

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Scholarships and financial aid are not just for top students. Nearly 80 percent of all students receive some type of financial aid. The state of Tennessee is committed to helping you reconnect and get your degree.

“College costs too much money – money I don’t have. “

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Yes, college does cost money but when you pay for college you are investing in yourself. There are federal, state, and institutional funds available. We will work with you to find available funds. Many employers also have programs to help pay for you furthering your education.

It may seem obvious that college graduates make more than those who only complete high school, but it’s significant! Over a life-time of earnings, college graduates on average earn more than a million dollars than their high school counterparts.
Think of college as an investment in not only your future, but your family’s future. It may cost you time and money in the short-term, but the long-term benefits are worth it.

“Getting financial aid takes so much work, like filling out confusing forms and keeping up with paperwork. I’ll screw it up. “

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Most financial aid forms look alike. Your Southwest TN Reconnect advisor will be glad to sit with you as you work through your FASFA. Once that is completed you will have gathered the information needed to complete most other financial aid forms that you need. Every school has Financial Aid Officers who will also help you with this process.

” I should find the school with the lowest price because that’ll be the most affordable. “

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That seems to be logical but it is not always correct. Many expensive universities have significant amounts of their own scholarship funds available for students. Choose your school based on your educational goals and then explore the options available. You may be surprised at what you find.

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