Financial aid

There are four important steps you can take right now to help find funding for college.  The first thing to do is encourage your child to study hard and get good grades. Scholarships are free money and it takes good grades to get them.  See tour page that lists some sholarships and free (yes, really, free) colleges.

The second is to start working on the paperwork to save money for college and get financial aid.  Open a Virginia Individual Development Account (VIDA).  Follow the link to learn how the state will match your savings with $2.00 for every $1.00 you contribute.

If your children are still youn, a third step is to open a Virginia 529 Savings account.  This is a tax free way for you to start saving for college.  Anyone can open a 529 account for your child.  This might mean a grandparent or other realitive.  They don't even need to live in Virginia. 

The fouth step is start working on the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Follow the link to the government site that will walk you through the process. 

 There are many pathways to a college education. But it will take work and creativity to get there.  Start with the steps above.  Talk with your child's high school counselor.  When your child has narrowed their college choices, talk with the financial aid office.  See who will offer the best deal. 




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