Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by xeonv2, Apr 10, 2011.
Once appointed to USAFA. Do we still fill out FAFSA? Or do we simply stop?
Assume that you stop. I can hardly imagine having the government give you financial aid to go to a school thats already paid for by the government......
Yes and no
You do not need a FASFA for the Academy; however, you may want to keep the FASFA application open in case you need Plan B. There are differing opinions on this, but what happens if you get an injury and can't attend BCT, or if you decide during BCT that the Academy isn't for you? Both of these happen to small percentage of appointees. Once awarded financial aid, you can always turn it down or simply not take the loans offered. Personally, we did not fill out a FASFA last year because our son's other option (AFROTC plus scholarships) was enough for him to attend CU if he wanted to go that route. However, without those in place, we would have had the FASFA application open.
Keep going with the FAFSA. As M&C stated you do not have to take the aid. We kept Plan B at State U open for DD right up until the last day of BCT, July 31. You just never know...
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What if we have been given scholarships from private sources? Can we still use them if we are going to USAFA for books/supplies or do we have to drop the scholarship?
Example: I was awarded a scholarship and the organization will write the check to me AND USAFA. Will USAFA cash and then deposit it in to my account, keep it, or not cash the check and insist I drop the scholarship?
First, congrats on the scholarship! Our son got a $2,000 scholarship from the California Capital Air Show and was able to have it deposited into his account that was set up once BCT started. There is a very specific way the scholarship check has to be worded (it was in the appointee handbook.) It was nice to have a little extra cash for books, uniforms, and discretionary money.
Thank you Mikeandchris for the information! Ya I would love to have some extra money just in case.
Likewise, thanks for the clarification!
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