Student & Family Resources

The student and family resources below are intended to support schools, school districts and organizations with suggested content to educate and inform students and families about financial aid.

  • The presentations, activities and worksheets can be used during the school day, at a youth or family program, and at school or community events or conferences. Please note that each PSCCN presentation includes an aligned activity linked under “Worksheets & Activities.”
  • The family letters/text below can be used in outreach to families below can be used in outreach to families via letter, email, social media and other online venues, phone (use as a script), etc.  

While the suggested content has been drafted by PSCCN, we encourage your school, organization, or district to make it your own. These resources are intended to be flexible in adoption: you may add or delete content; however, we ask that you take care to ensure any edits made to the text are done in a manner that furthers the goals of PSCCN and complies with our terms of use below. While the letters/text may have use beyond the areas below, we have organized items by topics in order to provide further context for the letters and suggested use.

PowerPoint Presentations

Paying for College

Description: This presentation on the paying for college supports developing students’ knowledge and skills to:

  • Explore basic definition of financial aid and key associated terms related to paying for college including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study
  • Understand and articulate all aspect of the financial aid application process (key steps, documents, terms and timeline)

Revised: September 2019

2018-19 FAFSA Screenshots

Description: Presentation provides screenshots of the 2018-19 application. Feel free to use the screen shots as you compile your own presentation. 

Note: This item was created by the U.S. Department of Education for your use in outreach to students. You may add or delete content from it. However, you must ensure that any edits and/or any uses of this work are done in a manner that furthers the goals of the Department.

Revised: September 2017

Creating and Using Your FSA ID: An Overview

Description: Presentation provides an overview of the FSA ID, including how to create it, where it can be used and how to troubleshoot some common errors. Consider utilizing slides 1–15 to support students with registering for an FSA ID for the FAFSA.

Note: The item you are accessing was created by the U.S. Department of Education for your use in outreach to students. You may add or delete content to/from it. However, you must ensure that any edits made to this work and/or any uses of this work are done in a manner that furthers the goals of the Department.

Revised: May 2017

The Financial Aid Process

Description: This presentation on the financial aid process supports developing students’ knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify potential barriers to college affordability and develop a realistic plan to earn money to overcome potential barriers
  • Understand and articulate all aspect of the financial aid application process (key steps, documents, terms and timeline)
  • Identify which financial aid application to complete: FAFSA or WASFA
  • Describe the financial aid process and key steps from application to refund and reapplication

Revised: June 2018

Worksheets & Activities

Financial Aid Process

Description: This activity on the financial aid process asks participants to place the different financial aid key steps in order to their best knowledge.

Resource type: Activity

Revised: June 2018

Human Bingo: Financial Aid Terms

Description: This interactive activity encourages participants to assess their current knowledge of financial aid terms through a game of Human Bingo.

Resource type: Activity

Revised: June 2018

Financial Aid Terms

Description: This activity on financial aid terms invites participants to match each term and definition.

Resource type: Activity

Revised: June 2018

Cost of College Research

Description: This worksheet can be used as a guide to research information on the internet on the cost of college and to organize and compare that information.

Resource type: Worksheet

Revised: June 2018

Verification Entrance-Exit Ticket

Description: This resource includes an entrance ticket that can be used to assess student’s current understanding of verification as part of the financial aid process. An exit ticket is also included to assess student’s knowledge of verification after receiving information about what verification is and how to proceed if selected. See the Verification Fact Sheet resource for additional information.

Resource type: Worksheet

Revised: September 2018

Family Education and Outreach Letter/Text Templates

Optional materials to accompany letters:

Description: Common terms encountered in the financial aid process and their definitions. Glossary can help parent/guardians become more comfortable with financial aid language.


9th Grade Family College & Career Readiness Welcome

Description: Letter/text that College and Career (C&CR) staff can use to welcome families to high school and provide them early information about financial aid and postsecondary study. 

Suggested Timing: Fall, 9th Grade

Revised: June 2018

11th or Early 12th Grade Time to Act Around Financial Aid

Description: A letter/text that C&CR staff can use to remind families about the postsecondary planning and financial aid action that begins during this time. 

Suggested Timing: Spring, 11th Grade or 12th, summer or start of school year

Revised: June 2018

12th Grade Financial Aid Event

Description: Letter/text that can be sent out to families before a financial aid completion or related 12th grade program.

Suggested Timing: Before a 12th Grade Financial Aid Event or family program discussing this topic.

Revised: June 2018

Financial Aid Award Letter

Description: This resource can serve as a general reminder that financial aid award letters must be completed and returned to the school the student ultimately decides to attend in order to officially secure any offered aid.

Suggested Timing: 12th grade, spring. Use as a next steps handout for students who have received a financial aid award letter. This resource can also be used as financial aid award letter talking points for families and educators who are supporting students with submitting financial aid award letters.

Revised: February 2019

Financial Aid Transition Steps

Description: This letter can help remind families that after graduation the financial aid process continues and to educate families about the end of the financial aid process (may include award letters, disbursement, refunds, reapplication).

Suggested Timing: 12th grade, late spring. Use as a transition handout for students who are expecting to receive financial aid for their post-secondary education.

Revised: February 2019  

Verification Fact Sheet

Description: This verification fact sheet can be used to help educate students and families about the verification process if one’s FAFSA or WASFA is selected for verification. Students often miss verification requests and their applications are not considered complete until those requests are fulfilled. Additionally, receiving a verification request can be intimidating or unnerving, and so this resource can help prepare students and parents/guardians that it might occur and what they should do if it does happen. Information from this resource can be paired with the Verification Entrance-Exit Ticket and can be used to draft a PowerPoint presentation. 

Suggested Timing: 12th grade, use as a next steps handout at a financial aid event or parent night or communication for families selected for FASFA/WASFA verification.

Revised: September 2019

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