Financial Aid I: Introduction to Financial Aid

This course will focus on the different types of financial aid programs available to learners pursuing education after high school. You will learn about how factors such homelessness, foster care, and immigration status can hinder a student's likelihood to access financial aid and enroll in postsecondary education. You will also learn the difference between sticker price and net price (i.e., what families actually pay for college), as well as how institutions determine each student's total amount of financial need. Finally, this course covers the two most common methodologies used to determine expected family contribution--the FAFSA and CSS Profile--and how these methodologies are different from one another.