Young Parent Looking for Aid

Dear American Student Assistance:

I am a 16-year-old senior with a 4-month-old son ... is there any aid out there for me?

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

Your situation does not eliminate you from any of the financial aid options available to any other high school grads or GED recipients. You should be eligible for all federal grants as well as student loans and some other aid via the college you choose. 

You’ll want to discuss financial aid packages with both your guidance counselor as well as the financial aid office of the schools you apply to. You can also see what scholarships are out there by using the free scholarship searches available at www.finaid.org and www.collegeboard.com. Most of the entry periods for scholarships are in the fall so look into those ASAP!

Finally, at the end of January, you’ll want to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov to see what federal aid you’ll be getting as well as to let your colleges know you’ve begun the process so they can start putting together a financial aid package for you.

Regards,
American Student Assistance

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