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College Ready Night: Financial Aid & Scholarships

The financial investment of college is one of the most challenging decisions students and parents make. We're here to help!

On Monday, November 6 at the Venue at Burleson ISD, the UTA Financial Aid Office will explain the costs of college, describe the financial aid process, and inform you about accessing scholarships. The information they present will apply to all colleges and universities, not just UTA! 

Please join us from 5:30-6:30 pm for this College Ready Night session. If you aren't able to make it in-person, you can livestream the event here, or view it later. 

Please purchase free tickets for the event here.

Park on Market Street

Seniors and parents, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when the application opens in December. Right now, you can create your FSA ID so you'll be ready to go. If you'd like some help, staff from Hill College will be present at this event to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. Please bring your Chromebook to create your account.


Navigating the Financial Maze: A Guide for Parents of 12th Graders in Making Wise College Choices

As your child embarks on their final years of high school, the weight of important decisions begins to bear down on both them and you as a parent. One of the most significant choices they will make is selecting the right college or university. However, it's crucial to recognize that the financial aspect of this decision is just as important as the academic and personal factors. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of making sound financial decisions regarding college and provide you with valuable insights to guide you and your child through this process.

  1. Understanding the Cost-Benefit Equation:
    While the prestige and reputation of certain institutions can be enticing, it's vital to evaluate the cost-benefit equation. Consider the return on investment (ROI) of the education your child will receive. Weigh the long-term benefits against the financial burden incurred. Encourage your child to explore more affordable options such as community colleges (Hill College or Tarrant County College) or state universities (UTA, Tarleton, or UNT) that offer excellent programs at a fraction of the cost.

  2. Scholarships and Financial Aid:
    Research and apply for scholarships and financial aid opportunities diligently. These can significantly reduce the financial strain of college expenses. Counsel your child to actively seek out scholarships based on their academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, personal background, and community service. Additionally, ensure they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal grants and loans. Completion of the FAFSA is now a requirement for graduation.

  3. Budgeting and Financial Planning:
    Teaching your child financial literacy and budgeting skills is a crucial life lesson they will carry into adulthood. Sit down with them and discuss the costs associated with attending college, including tuition, textbooks, housing, meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Help them create a realistic monthly budget and encourage them to explore part-time job opportunities to contribute to their expenses. Instilling financial responsibility early on will empower them to make informed decisions and avoid unnecessary debt.

  4. Consider Alternatives:
    Traditional four-year colleges are not the only pathway to success. Encourage your child to explore alternative options such as vocational schools or trade programs, such as TSTC, that align with their career goals. These alternatives often provide specialized training, lower costs, and faster entry into the workforce. It's important to support your child in pursuing the path that suits their aspirations and financial circumstances.

  5. Encourage Responsible Borrowing:
    If your child decides to take out student loans, emphasize the importance of responsible borrowing. Teach them about the different types of loans available, interest rates, repayment plans, and the implications of accruing substantial debt. Encourage them to borrow only what is absolutely necessary and explore loan forgiveness programs or income-driven repayment options.

  6. Long-Term Financial Planning:
    Help your child understand the long-term financial implications of their college choices. Discuss how student loan debt can affect their post-graduation goals, such as buying a home, starting a family, or pursuing advanced degrees. Encourage them to consider colleges that offer robust career services, internships, and networking opportunities to enhance their employability upon graduation.

As a parent, your guidance throughout the college selection process is invaluable. By prioritizing financial considerations alongside academic and personal factors, you can help your child make informed decisions that will set them on a path of financial stability and success. Remember, the ultimate goal is to provide your child with a quality education while minimizing the burden of excessive student loan debt. By fostering financial literacy, exploring alternatives, and encouraging responsible borrowing, you can empower your child to make wise financial decisions about college and lay the foundation for a bright future.