1. File the Federal Aid application (FAFSA) as early and as accurately as possible. Filing is free.
  2. Contact the schools to which you have applied for their particular deadline information and other required forms.
  3. If you have a change in your financial status due to unemployment, disability or another reason, advise the financial aid administrator at your intended school.
  4. Scholarship searches on the web are free. Contact financial aid offices and high school guidance counselors for recommended search sites. Many sites are direct links from the school's financial aid website.
  5. Copy and date everything before you mail it.
  6. Keep everything relating to financial aid in one place (an expandable file folder, a box, a paper bag or a drawer all work well).
  7. If you don't know, please ask! Financial aid information is FREE!
  8. Keep your son or daughter involved in the financial aid process. Remember, most correspondence will be addressed to the student, not to the parent.
  9. Students must file for Federal financial aid every year. When October 1 arrives, start thinking about the financial aid application and file as soon as possible.
  10. Educate yourself about financial aid programs and terms through free sources, such as high school guidance offices and college financial aid websites. Check our "Useful Financial Aid Links" for great information.

For more information, or if you have a specific question, please call 1.800.2DELVAL or 215.489.2272 or email FinAid@delval.edu.