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Financial Aid 101: The Basics

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While every student – online and traditional – is encouraged to seek out federal student aid, there are some basic requirements that need to be met. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office, students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for federal assistance:

  • Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen (the most common example of eligible non-citizenship status is a green card holder, also referred to as a permanent resident)
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Be admitted to or enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program as a regular student
  • Complete and sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in order to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA®, is a form you submit to the office of Federal Student Aid at the Department of Education. It collects information about student and family finances, which the FSA uses to determine your eligibility for any of nine federal financial aid programs, such as grants, work-study, and federal student loans, as well as more than 600 state aid programs. For many, it’s the first step toward an affordable education.

The FSA sends your FAFSA® information to the colleges and universities you select. These institutions often require students to complete another college-specific financial aid form and use the combined information to award scholarships and other monies. Together, your federal and institutional aid make up your financial aid package. Each school will award you a different package, or none, depending on your eligibility.

How the FAFSA® Works

Whether seeking financial aid for colleges or financial aid for online schools, experts agree all undergraduate and graduate students should file a FAFSA®, even if they think they or their parents make too much money to qualify. You could be leaving loan dollars on the table, but you won’t know unless you apply. It’s free, so there’s nothing to lose and perhaps much to gain.

CPS Energy Paid summer Employement-Deadline February 2!

CPS Program promoting higher education * Deadline February 2 * Paid Summer Employment

Each school year the SAFE program is open to highly-successful, incoming high school high school juniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree in fields related to the energy industry. Our SAFE students apply during the spring of their sophomore year in high school and intern with us during the summer. The CPS Energy Student Assistance for Education (SAFE) Program is designed to promote higher education for professional careers in public utilities by:

  • providing personal development through mentoring
  • providing hands-on learning experiences through paid summer employment
  • providing real-world work experience
  • providing exposure to various utility industry careers

The SAFE program benefits students with work experience, enhanced self-esteem, and a true picture of their chosen field of study. Student selection for participation in the program is based upon the student's application, interview, references, essays and their ability to meet all criteria outlined in the program participation checklist. Students interested in participating in applying should apply online:

Deadline to apply: February 2nd, 2018

The following lists eligibility criteria for participation in the SAFE program. Students participating in the CPS Energy Student Assistance for Education (SAFE) program must meet all CPS Energy hiring policyrequirements.

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Junior in high school
  • Have a grade average of "B" or higher
  • Rank in the top 20% of class
  • Have an above average attendance record
  • Demonstrate an interest in seeking a degree applicable to the utility industry
  • Participate in full-time summer employment with CPS Energy after junior year in high school for a minimum of 8 weeks each summer
  • Attend all activities sponsored by CPS Energy during summer employment
  • Must reside in CPS Energy service area
  • Pass a drug test and background screen prior to summer employment with CPS Energy
  • Complete CPS Energy online application. Submit HS transcripts, resume, letters of reference(2), essays and parent consent form (attach documents to online application)

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Summer STEM

5. A Field Trip to the Nation’s Capital
4. Build Cool Things
3. Live on Campus
2. Meet New Friends
1. Experience STEM at the #1 Top Public College in the Country (Forbes) and #5 "Best Undergraduate Engineering Program" in the Country (U.S. News & World Report)
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