It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s that crazy time of year. Tax season is upon us, and if you are a college student or intend to be one in the fall, it’s also time to file your FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is exactly what its name implies–an application that you fill out in order to have your eligibility determined for federal grants and loans for the upcoming academic year. Federal student aid can be extremely helpful, but with caps on borrowing for most federal loan programs and the maximum Pell grant weighing in at less than $6,000 per academic year, federal aid often doesn’t come close to covering the full cost of a college education. But do not be discouraged. There are scholarships available for practically everyone, but many are frequently overlooked. You’ve probably heard that your school and community organizations are a good place to look for scholarships, but make sure you tailor your search. By applying for scholarships that are geared toward people like you–people with your interests, activities, family background, etc–you up your chances of cashing in. Also, many scholarship committees look at an applicant’s FAFSA, so be sure to file even if you don’t think you will qualify for federal aid.

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My name is Erin Milne, and I am a mathematics student and teacher. I earned my master's in math from the University of Vermont, and I received my undergraduate education from Lyndon State College. My goal for this blog is to make mathematics interesting, useful, and non-frightening, as well as to inspire other low-income and first-generation students to continue their education. I hope this blog will be helpful, inspiring, and thought-provoking for high school and college students facing the same challenges that I have faced.

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My name is Erin Milne, and I am a mathematics student and teacher. I earned my master's in math from the University of Vermont, and I received my undergraduate education from Lyndon State College. My goal for this blog is to make mathematics interesting, useful, and non-frightening, as well as to inspire other low-income and first-generation students to continue their education. I hope this blog will be helpful, inspiring, and thought-provoking for high school and college students facing the same challenges that I have faced.

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