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1 Financial Aid Vocabulary Matching Game MATERIALS: - Financial Aid Vocabulary Handout - Financial Aid Matching Cards DESCRIPTION: Groups of students compete against one another to match the most financial aid vocabulary terms with their corresponding definitions in a given period of time. DIRECTIONS: Print the attached cards (one set per group). Print the document entitled Financial Aid Vocabulary (one copy per group). Break the class into groups of 3-5 students per group. Pass out the Financial Aid Vocabulary handout to each group of students to skim for 10 minutes (one copy per group). Collect the Financial Aid Vocabulary handout from each group. Pass out a set of cut up Financial Aid Vocabulary Matching Cards to each group. Set a timer for a given period of time (possibly the remainder of the period). Each group s task is to match the college terms with their definitions. The winning group either a.) matches all of the terms and definitions or b.) matches the most terms and definitions in the given time period. Teams who think they have matched all of the definitions may run up to the wall where one of the Financial Aid Vocabulary handouts is posted. Teams may check their answers and make changes until all terms and definitions are paired up. Only teams who have matched all cards may run up to the wall to check their answers.

2 Financial Aid Vocabulary Award Letter: A letter from the college financial aid office that is sent to the student listing all financial aid awarded to the student. Award letters vary among institutions, but they generally list the expected family contribution, cost of attendance, and the terms of the aid awarded. Cost of Attendance: The student s cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, and a standard allocation designed to cover reasonable living expenses while attending school. The cost of attendance is determined by the school using guidelines established by federal regulations. Default: This term applies to loans. It is the failure to repay a student loan according to the terms of the loan. If you default, your school, the organization that holds your loan, the state, and the federal government can all take action to recover the money, including notifying national credit bureaus of your default. Estimated Family Contribution (EFC): The total amount students and their families are expected to pay toward college costs. This is determined from family and student income and assets for the prior year. The amount is derived from a need analysis of the family s financial circumstances. FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid determines a student s financial aid. Apply online at www. fafsa.gov. Forms may be filed any time after January 1, of the year for which the student is seeking aid. January of the senior year will be the first opportunity for high school students to apply. Federal Direct Student Loan Program: Federally sponsored loan programs, which include the Stafford Loan and the Parent PLUS Loan (for parents of undergraduate students) Financial Aid Package: The total financial aid a student receives. Federal and non-federal aid, such as grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships, are combined in a package to help meet the student s need. Financial Need: The amount by which your family s contribution falls short of covering your college expenses. It is determined by subtracting the expected family contribution (EFC) from the total cost of attendance. Gift Aid: Financial aid that does not have to be paid back, such as scholarships and grants. Grant: A type of financial aid award based on need or merit that does not require repayment. Interest: A fee charged when you take out a loan. Interest is calculated as a percentage of the principal loan amount. The rate may be constant throughout the life of the loan (fixed rate) or it may change at specified times (variable rate). Merit-Based Aid: Financial aid that is awarded based on a student s academic, leadership, or artistic talent, or some other criteria. Merit-based aid may consider a student s grades, test scores, special talents, or extracurricular activities to determine eligibility. Need Analysis: A process of reviewing a student s financial aid application to determine the amount of financial aid eligibility. Completing this form is the required first step in applying for most types of financial aid. Need-Based Financial Aid: Financial aid that is awarded based on a student s financial circumstance. It can be awarded in the form of grants, loans, or work-study. Student Aid Report (SAR): A form sent to the student after submitting the FAFSA. It shows the information that was processed and indicates Pell Grant eligibility. Work-Study: An opportunity for a student to work part-time and attend college. Work-study is designed to help students fund their college

3 Award Letter Cost of Attendance Default Estimated Family Contribution (E.F.C.)

4 FAFSA Federal Direct Student Loan Program Financial Aid Package Financial Need

5 Gift Aid Grant Interest Merit Based Aid

6 Need Analysis Need Based Financial Aid Student Aid Report Work Study

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