Dear Parents,
 
Please find below important information from the Mercy Counseling Office regarding the upcoming College Financial Aid Information Night. Questions can be directed to Mercy Counselor Kristen Casey, (248) 476-8020 ext. 1526 or kkcasey@mhsmi.org.

Thank you,
Mercy High Counseling Office
   
College Financial Aid Information Night 
Attn: Sophomore, Junior and Senior Parents 
 
We invite you and encourage you to attend this College Financial Aid Event held at
Mercy High School on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.
 
This 90-minute workshop is designed to shed light on the financial reality of going to college and help families gain greater understanding of the financial aid process. Presenter, Bob Hoger, a certified college planning specialist, will give an overview of the financial aid process; discuss the different types of aid, which includes scholarships; and will cover how to apply for and receive financial aid.  
 
In this informal session, you will also learn:
 
  • The important questions to ask colleges before your student applies
  • How to maximize your student's potential to receive scholarships, grants and other forms of gift aid
  • Whether or not it is possible to attend a "private" college for a "public" price
  • Instructions on filing financial aid forms (FAFSA) and how to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible for
  • What assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • The financial aid timeline for success - what you should be doing and when
This is an annual information event. With regards to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), senior families can begin the application process now and filing of the FAFSA can start as early as October 1. Each state and school has its own FAFSA deadline. Check a college's deadline on its website or by calling it's Financial Aid Office.  Most state deadlines are at fafsa.gov/deadlines.htm. When considering whether or not to file a FAFSA form, keep in mind that some schools won't consider a student for merit scholarships until a FAFSA has been submitted. We encourage you to learn about each college's policy.
 
If your child is planning to go to college, do not miss this event! The presentation provides facts that help people overcome their fears and apprehensions about how they will pay for college. Finding as much as you can about financial aid early in this process will hopefully serve you well.