There have been some changes made to the filing process for the federal student aid application FAFSA. For the 2016-2017 schoolyear, the application process is open. This application uses data from the 2015 tax return. The open date for the 2017-2018 schoolyear is going to be October 1, 2016. This application will also use data from the 2015 tax return. Applications for the 2018-2019 schoolyear will open on October 1, 2017. This application will use data from the 2016 tax return. A chart showing all this information can be found at this website It is possible to complete the FAFSA form and file it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
News from the Reference Desk Category: Education
It’s the time of year when many of us make decisions about our employee benefits for the coming year–“open enrollment” season. The Office of Financial Education, a part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, offers this sound advice:
You can guide your children in finding the financial help they need
The financial world of today isn’t the same world you grew up in. New services and choices are being offered all the time. For your children to navigate the new financial world they’ll face, they need to know when to seek out information and how to evaluate it. Your children need practice making money choices, and they could use your guidance. At this age they may be earning some money of their own. Now, as you make benefits choices for next year, think about including your teenager in your decision-making process. You can help your teenager think about how to use information to make a good decision. If you have benefits fact sheets or Web sites from your employer, sit with your teenager and go through them. Talk through the questions your child has, and ask a few questions of your own:
What is the most important thing to think about for the family’s health care? Why?
Have there been any changes in the family since last year that could make a difference to health care? To insurance? To flexible spending dollars?
What could be the advantages or disadvantages of having benefits deducted from your paycheck, compared to paying the costs on your own?
How trustworthy is the information you receive? How would you look for further information?
You don’t have to do anything you wouldn’t do normally, when you make your benefits choices. Just by showing your teens how you approach enrollment, you’re helping them practice the decision-making process before their own paychecks are at stake. For more ideas, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/parents.
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center‘s four comprehensive school search databases offer detailed profiles of undergraduate, graduate, nursing, and vocational and technical schools in the United States and Canada, providing an indispensable tool for students researching and planning their education. Frequent updates keep the data–from Peterson’s Nelnet, LLC–current, accurate, and reliable.
The undergraduate school search, for instance, offers in one convenient place the most current information on more than 4,500 schools in the United States, Canada, and related regions that offer two-year and/or four-year degrees. All schools included have full accreditation or are pre-accredited and grant degrees at the associate’s and/or bachelor’s level. Users can search based on location, institution type, enrollment, faculty/student ratio, tuition, sports, campus setting, campus housing, admissions difficulty level, and areas of study.
Coming Soon: Significant updates to the graduate school data!
Harper College has started an Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate. The College’s solar energy course – a first step toward the new Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate – drew 16 students for the fall term. Launched by a $63,000 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant, which helped with the purchase of new lab equipment, Harper added a wind energy course to the curriculum this spring. The entire Alternative Energy Certificate program, geared to those already in the industrial electronics industry and those just starting out, requires credits in solar and wind energy and a variety of other electronics courses.
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs assists veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under the laws of the United States, and the State of Illinois or any other governmental agency, through its forty-three Veterans' Services Offices located statewide; to evaluate and approve veterans' education and training programs available at colleges, universities and vocational training centers in Illinois, to provide skilled nursing and domiciliary care for eligible veterans; and administer State grants and benefits to eligible Illinois veterans.
The guidebook, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs: Benefits for Veterans, is available online.
Need a good starting point to review college and financial aid information? Here are a few suggested sources to consider.
Take a look at our Teen Zone: College & Career page and also our Web Resources by Subject on Research & Reference: Education & College Search.
We have an online version of Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: A Guide to Education-Related Financial Aid Programs for Students and Professionals accessible through the Gale Virtual Reference Center. Please ask one of our Reference Librarians to assist you in locating any of these items.
The following titles are available in our College Reference area:
CT R 378.34 COL The College Board Scholarship Handbook
CT R 378.34 SCH Scholarship Almanac (Peterson’s/Thomson Learning)
CT R 378.34 COL Getting Financial Aid (College Board)
CT R 378.3 SCH The Scholarship Book
CT R 378.3 PET 2009 Scholarships, Grants and Prizes (Peterson’s)
These titles can also be checked out:
DVD 378.3409 FOU 411 on Finding College Funds
378.34 ULT The Ultimate Scholarship Book
378.34 SCH Scholarships (Kaplan)
378.3097 TAN 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College
378.1616 COL College Essays That Made a Difference (Princeton Review)
The Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College supports the education and employment goals of people in economic need. These may be single parents, displaced homemakers, women who have experienced domestic violence, non-traditional career seekers or those with limited English proficiency. The program gives the opportunity to build computer skills, career development, and job searching assistance.
Information about the ESL (English as a Second Language), ABE (Adult Basic Education), Read to Learn Adult Literacy, Citizenship, GED (English and Spanish) programs are available through District 214 Community Education.
Download 214 ESL_ABE_Citizenship 847-718-7725
Services to help you apply for Public Benefits/Food Stamps Assistance/Health Care, Jobs, and the Women’s and Children’s Center are also detailed in the following link.
Download 214 Outreach 847-713-7719
You may choose any of these three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
•Apply online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov (Recommended) or
•Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or
•Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.
The Chicago Tribune published an article recently, “Scammer profiting on woes of the jobless“. The article addresses what to be watchful of when selecting which Web sites to post your resume to or submit an application to. The Library’s listing of suggested job sites and other job-search information is available at http://mppl.org/research/research-guides/jobs-and-career-development/ and is updated often. Please call or visit the Reference Desk should you need assistance accessing this information or retrieving the article.