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Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 19, 2020 at 9:51 AM
Bill Smith, local Financial Aid Expert for ScholarsFit and proud dad of a recent Deering grad, is hosting a virtual workshop on Zoom for DHS 11th and 12th grade parents, guardians, and students  called Understanding College Financial Aid on Tuesday, Oct. 15th starting @ 6pm sharp.  Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Learn about the different types of financial aid and how to choose a college you can afford! This presentation takes the mystery out of financial aid and college cost. Understanding financial aid enables you to make good college choices and informed decisions to manage college costs. We’ll discuss how to identify your student’s need and merit profile and learn how to match that with college awarding policies so you can identify affordable colleges. Topics include: Types of aid: grants, scholarships, work/study, loans. How do colleges decide how much aid to give? Need- and merit-based aid, what's the difference, how to get it? What do you need to know about financial aid applications: the FAFSA and the Profile forms? Using net price calculators to estimate your cost after aid at any college. Estimating the 4-year bottom line: how much will you pay for a college degree? How can you estimate how much college debt you’ll need? How can you decide if college debt is reasonable and affordable? About Bill Smith:  For many years Bill worked with colleges to program their financial aid policies into online financial aid estimators known as Net Price Calculators. His clients included Amherst, Fordham, MIT, Rutgers, University of Arkansas, Yale, and many others.  Bill became an expert at determining eligibility for need-based aid, using both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile methods to calculate the Expected Family Contribution. He also learned how colleges package aid, the process they use to decide how much merit and need-based aid to award, and the mix of gift aid, loans, and work-study. Bill has spoken on financial aid issues at forums sponsored by the College Board, admissions and financial aid professional associations, and schools. He operates ScholarFITS LLC, working with families throughout the US from his office in Portland Maine. Bill's BA is from Williams College, he has an MBA from Northwestern University, and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.  
Posted by Krista Simonis  On Oct 09, 2020 at 9:12 AM