Bonus *pre-POCS and **POCS Survival Story

Cliché: You never know until you try.
POCS Reality: If POCS and students do not apply, they will not receive need-based financial aid.

   Willie and his parents did the math and came up short. They are a family hit hard by the economic downturn. Willie’s uncle has the deepest pocket in the family. This is their conversation:
   "We need your help," says Willie.
   "What’s the problem?" asks Willie’s uncle.
   "He got into college," says Willie’s parents.
   "And that’s a problem?" asks Willie’s uncle.
   "We can’t afford to pay for it," says Willie and his parents at the same time.
   "Well, I’ll tell you what I told my other nieces and nephews when they asked for my help. I need some more information from you and your parents so I can determine what you can afford to pay and what is the extent of your family’s need. Then, I’ll see what I can do to help," says Willie’s uncle. Willie gratefully shakes his uncle’s hand and says:
   "Thanks, Uncle Sam."

 * pre-POCS is an acronym for Parent Of a College-bound Student.
** POCS is an acronym for Parent Of a College Student.

Your Uncle Sam extends the same financial aid help to you if you apply.  Filing starts January 1st for each upcoming school year. Go to the federal government's website at www.fafsa.ed.gov to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line. For other FASFA filing options, go to federalstudentaid.ed.gov/fafsa_options.html.