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PSP Understanding Financial Aid & Paying For College @ 7:00pm

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College pricing is much like airline pricing – almost everyone pays a different amount.

Join PSP and Bill Smith, a user-friendly financial aid expert, on Tuesday, March 21st, @ 7:00pm, for Understanding Financial Aid & Paying For College, a deep-dive webinar. 

Learn how colleges decide how much to offer in grants and scholarships, how financial aid works, and how to choose a college you can afford. Bill will answer questions like:

  • What are the FAFSA and Profile forms? Are there new changes you should know about? 
  • How do you use those net price calculators? 
  • What's the difference between need-based and merit-based aid? Will you qualify for need-based aid?
  • How can you find out how your child can get grants, scholarships, work-study, or loans?
  • How do colleges decide how much aid to give?
  • How do you find colleges that will award scholarships based on your student’s grades and academic qualifications? 
  • How much will you pay for a college degree? How can you decide if college debt is reasonable and affordable?
What:    PSP Understanding Financial Aid & Paying For College with Bill Smith
When:   Tuesday, March 21st
Time:     7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost:     $25.00/members & $35.00/non-members**

**PSP wants everyone to have the opportunity to attend our informational webinars. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please email:

Read what previous attendees have said about Bill's workshops:
  • I had heard Bill’s webinar before through our HS but was willing to pay to hear it again, it’s so good. The clearest this subject has ever been explained.
  • informative, clear and digestible
  • It gave basic and clear information about the process.
  • It was good on giving the basics on how aid is calculated.

FAQ's: Please read
  • You will receive your unique Zoom Link the day before the event.
  • This webinar will be recorded. If you can't make it but want to receive the video, you must register for the webinar.  
  • **There are no refunds for PSP Events.

For many years Bill Smith worked with colleges to program their financial aid policies into online financial aid estimators known as Net Price Calculators. His clients included Bowdoin, MIT, the University of Arkansas, Yale, and many others. Bill became an expert at determining eligibility for need-based aid using both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile methods. He learned how colleges decide how much merit and need-based aid to award, and the mix of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Bill is a frequent speaker at high schools and college admissions and financial aid professional associations. He operates ScholarFITS LLC, working with families throughout the US from his office in Portland Maine. Bill's BA is from Williams College, he has an MBA from Northwestern University, and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
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