Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Can a Sock Puppet Help You?

The web has a growing number of free resources that can help students and parents fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is the form that qualifies college students for grants, scholarships, and low-priced student loans.

Unfortunately, like everything else on the web, there's plenty of misleading and boring FAFSA videos, too. A YouTube search for FAFSA videos, for example, turns up several "webinars" that are really sales come-ons for high-priced private consultants.

I've searched the web for free FAFSA videos that appear to be accurate, helpful, and somewhat fun to watch. Here's a list (in alphabetical order):

For beginners:

Fastweb has posted a fun five-minute introduction to the FAFSA.

Fresno Pacific University's video about a sock puppet asking for financial aid is um, socko, though the information is very specific to that university. (Students not attending FPU should not use the FAFSA address listed in the video. They can access the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.)

The Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. made a catchy rap video about the FAFSA.

More FAFSA details:

EducationQuest, a Nebraska-based nonprofit, has posted several financial aid podcasts and videos. A good introduction for students is the "The FAFSA Made Easy" 10-minute video.

Mark Kantrowitz, founder of Finaid.org and Fastweb.com, shares some of his encyclopedic financial aid knowledge.

Read More..http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-cash-101/2011/01/04/fafsa-web-videos-are-fun-helpful.html