Wilmington, DE (September 3, 2009) – American Education Services (AES) today announced that the annual Delaware Guide to Student Aid is available at no cost to students and families. The Guide may be accessed online at the Delaware Higher Education Commission’s website, doe.k12.de.us/dhec under the Publications link.
Each Delaware high school counselor’s office will receive one printed copy of the Guide with instructions to order additional printed copies for their students. Counselors should note that supplies of printed Guides are limited.
“The best advice for high school students who are interested in continuing their education is to begin researching financial aid options in their junior year of high school. This helps eliminate last minute decisions that may not be in their best interest,” notes Reginald Irvis, Director, Delaware Outreach Services. “Becoming familiar with the student aid process and the programs that are available gives families a significant advantage when it is time to apply.”
The Guide is a comprehensive college funding publication outlining the financial aid process and providing information on student financial aid programs that are available to Delaware students, including the Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP).
The Guide offers information on financial aid options, how to determine one’s financial need, how to apply for aid, including information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and developing a student budget that estimates expenses.
The Guide provides:
· Timelines for getting ready for college
· Information on grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs
· Eligibility information, application procedures and deadlines
· Helpful resources and contact information
· Tools to help you create a student budget that estimates your expenses
· Ways to identify your financial need and how you may qualify for aid
· Online resources for forms, research, calculators and much more