Part: 3 - - Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
SectionTitle: Section C "Your Plans"
Section C "Your Plans"
Purpose: Section C collects information on a student's college
enrollment plans for the 1997-98 award year, intended course of
study, and preference for types of aid. Information on the amount of
veterans education benefits a student expects to receive is also
collected in this section.
Question 32 asks a student for his or her grade level for the
1997-98 school year. This question is used to establish the federal
limits that apply to the amounts that can be borrowed by this student.
High school seniors and persons who will be entering college for the
first time should check "1st yr./never attended college." High school
students who have taken college-level courses prior to graduating
from high school should also answer "1st yr./never attended college."
Questions 33-35 ask a student to indicate what types of aid, in
addition to grants, the student (and his or her parents) are interested
in receiving. If students are not sure, they should answer "yes" to all
three questions, and they will be considered for all types of aid that
are available. Students can decline any aid they are later awarded that
they do not want.
Question 37 asks about a student's (not the parents') dependents.
If a student has no dependents, the question should be left blank.
Questions 38 and 39 request information about veterans
education benefits that the student will receive. The law
requires that education benefits offered by the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs be treated as a resource when determining the
student's eligibility for the campus-based programs and as estimated
financial assistance when determining the student's eligibility for
Direct Loans or Federal Family Education Loans. Veterans education
benefits are not used in the EFC calculation; they are collected in this
section for the school to use when packaging aid. If an applicant
receives veterans education benefits, the applicant must report the
amount of monthly benefits that he or she expects to receive during
the school year (from July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998). Such
benefits include Selective Reserve Pay (Montgomery GI Bill--
Chapter 106), New GI Bill (Montgomery GI Bill--Chapter 30), Post-
Vietnam Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter
32), Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31), REPS (Restored
Entitlement Benefits for Survivors--Section 156), Educational
Assistance Program (Chapter 107), and Dependents Educational
Assistance Program (Chapter 35).