Part: 3 - - Completing The FAFSA
SectionTitle: Section B "Your Plans"
Section B "Your Plans"
Purpose: Section B collects information on a student's college enrollment plans for the 1998-99 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 31 asks a student for his or her grade level for the 1998-99 school year. This question is used to establish the federal limits that apply to the amounts that this student can borrow. 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 32-34 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 a student is not sure, he or she should answer "yes" to all three questions and will be considered for all types of aid that are available. A student can decline any aid that he or she is later awarded and that he or she does not want.
Questions 36 and 37 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 need-based Direct Loans or FFELs. 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 student receives veterans education benefits, the student must report the amount of monthly benefits that he or she expects to receive during the school year (from July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999). Such benefits include Selective Reserve Pay (Montgomery GI Bill-Chapter 1606), New GI Bill (Montgomery GI Bill-Chapter 30), Post-Vietnam Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32), Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31), REBS (Restored Entitlement Benefits for Survivors-Section 156), Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 107), and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35).
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