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Affording College: Steps to Applying for Financial Aid

Paying for college doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Did you know there are several financial aid programs available that you may qualify for? At Swedish Institute, approximately 85 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid- either through grants, scholarships or student loans. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or  you are looking to change your career path, Swedish Institute is ready to guide you through the financial aid process.

Desire De Jesus Aviles, Director of Financial Aid at Swedish Institute, offers some helpful tips and suggestions to set you on a path to a bright future. Here’s what you can do to get started:

Schedule a visit: Meet with admissions

Seeing is believing. Scheduling a visit to meet with the admissions department is a great way to get started and to see for yourself if Swedish Institute would be the perfect choice for you.  Simply contact the school to make an appointment and leave the rest to us.  Here’s what you can expect on your visit. You will:

  • Be welcomed in a warm and inviting atmosphere
  • Receive a tour of the institute
  • Meet with career services counselors
  • Have an opportunity to meet with financial aid counselors
  • Have an opportunity to meet with students enrolled in the program

Meet with financial aid department

Scheduling a time to meet with a financial aid counselor will help you sort out the costs of enrolling in your program of choice. If you’re a dependent student, we recommend bringing a parent or financially responsible guardian to the meeting.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is your gateway to learning if you qualify for financial aid and how much you will be responsible for. It also opens doors to other types of financial assistance, including student loans and any available scholarships offered by the institute. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Must be enrolled at least six credit hours per semester (half-time student) to qualify.
  • Apply for an FSA ID (https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm). If you are filing as a dependent student, one parent or legal financial guardian will also need to apply for their own FSA ID before you can begin completion of the FAFSA.
  • Complete the “student section” of the FAFSA.
  • If you’re a dependent student, your parent or legal guardian will need to complete the “parent section” of the FAFSA.
  • Use code #016914 when listing Swedish Institute as one of your colleges of choice. You can list up to 10 colleges, universities or institutions.

 

Important deadlines

There are two FAFSA applications currently open for upcoming enrollment. Here are the deadlines you need to know:

  • Winter Semester, 2019— Students who plan to enroll in the upcoming winter semester of 2019, you will need to fill out the 2018-2019 FAFSA now. Time is running out.
  • Summer and Fall, 2019— Students who plan to enroll in the summer or fall of 2019, you will need to fill out the 2019-2020 FAFSA. This application is open through June 30, 2019.

Options for financial aid

In addition to federal aid offered through the FAFSA, there are other options available to those who qualify, and these include:

  • New York State Grant—Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)— This income-based grant is available to students who qualify. To be eligible, the student must have a high school diploma from the United States or a GED equivalent, and must also meet income guidelines.
  • Institutional Scholarships— This academic-based scholarship is offered to students who meet specific academic guidelines.

Students may qualify for both TAP and an institutional scholarship depending on their eligibility.

Apply now

Don’t put your future off one more day. For over 100 years, Swedish Institute has been training allied health professionals in the New York City area and has set the pace for success in the industry. Be a part of the excitement. Swedish Institute welcomes students of all ages and walks of life. Don’t let the cost of a college degree keep you from pursuing your dream. Apply now.

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