How to sign up for free college for low-income families
Students who need help paying for college can sign up to a federal financial aid program for low income families, the White House announced Thursday.
The federal Student and Family Assistance (SFA) program, which helps low- and moderate-income students to pay for college, will be expanded to include students who qualify for federal aid for at least two-thirds of their families’ household income.
Students can qualify for the new program by making $30,000 or less and having at least one child under the age of 18 who is not eligible for financial aid.
The program is part of the administration’s push to reduce the debt burden on students, who have been among the most heavily burdened by the economic crisis and have been left to shoulder the brunt of the debt and debt-forgiveness bills that have been passed in recent years.
In the past, the federal government has offered financial aid to low- income families only if they are in need of it.
But President Donald Trump recently said he wanted to make college more affordable for lower-income and middle-class students.
According to the Trump administration, about 40 percent of students who apply for SFA assistance are families with children, and about 40 million families have children.”SFA helps students who don’t qualify for Pell Grants, PLUS loans, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by offering financial aid for families whose financial circumstances may be more difficult than they think,” said Caroline Smith, director of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in a statement.
The new federal program will be available to students who earn $30 to $50,000 and are between the ages of 18 and 25.
Students will also be able to apply for the program in person, through a phone call, or through a form on the WhiteHouse.gov website.