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Wondering if you Qualify for a Pell Grant? Fill Out Your FAFSA and Find Out Now

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    Nelson Mandela once said that "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" and he was right. If an individual is educated then they have the potential to change their or their families lives, but they have the potential to change the world. Education is the bedrock of a functioning and prosperous society and there is a singular program that helps to make sure that individuals who may not be able to afford college on their own are not left behind. That program is the Pell Grant.

    A Pell Grant is money the Federal Government directly pays to a qualifying student's college to help alleviate that student's financial burden. It is a needs based grant, which means students must meet certain financial requirements before they can become eligible for the grant. In order to find out if you (or your child) is eligible for the Pell Grant then you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA.

    **It is extremely important to file your FAFSA at the official FAFSA website. There are more than a few websites out there that will charge you to fill out this form, but as the full name of the form states--it's FREE! Do not pay a single dime to fill out this form.**

    After you fill out the form you will be informed if you qualify for the Pell Grant (and/or any potential state grant available). If you do qualify then the amount you are given will be taken off of you or your child's tuition. It's as simple as that.

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    I used to work as an Admissions Counselor at a college and I can't overstate how important this grant is. It has helped millions of people pay for college and helps level the playing field in our educational system.

    If you have any question of whether you or your dependent qualifies for it then fill out the FAFSA and find out.