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Latest from FSA: Guide to Aid for Adult Students

November 12, 2013

Adult aid

Myth: Adult students don’t meet the age requirements to receive federal student aid.

Fact: There is no age limit. Almost everyone is eligible for some type of federal student aid.

Myth: You need to pass a credit check to receive federal student aid.

Fact: No credit check is required to receive federal student aid, including most federal student loans.

Myth: It costs money to apply for federal student aid.

Fact: Applying is free. It costs nothing to apply for federal student aid and therefore you should avoid companies charging a fee to complete the application.

According to a recent Washington Post article, around 40 percent of college students are over the age of 25, and many are in need of financial aid. However, myths such as those above could deter this large demographic from taking advantage of federal aid. It is important that financial aid officers continue to make adult students aware of their financial aid options, and FSA has provided a document that will assist in this undertaking.

The guide to Federal Student Aid for Adult Students outlines federal aid basics, such as how to apply, deadlines, types of aid available, and more. Feel free to share the document with adult students and those in contact with potential students.

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

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