You can make a presentation about financial aid for college or career school.

Find sample presentations, scripts, and accompanying handouts on various financial aid topics.

Make a Presentation

Don't be afraid to try making a presentation about financial aid. The basics are easy to grasp and explain; and if you're at an intermediate level of knowledge, you can go into more depth in your remarks. Supplement your message with the handouts we've highlighted on this page, or find more using our Search Financial Aid Tools and Resources functionality.

Want to get a grounding in the concepts of financial aid before you talk to students and parents about it? You can teach yourself via the Learn About Financial Aid section of this website or the Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid, or you can get training in financial aid.

Make a Presentation Introducing Federal Student Aid and the FAFSA®
Make a Presentation About Filling Out the FAFSA
Make a Presentation About Financial Literacy
Make a Presentation About Responsible Student Loan Borrowing


Make a Presentation Introducing Federal Student Aid and the FAFSA®

Before your students dive into filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), give them a grasp of the types of financial aid, the general application process, and where to learn more.

Tip: You may use the PowerPoint presentation we've provided below and edit it to include information about your state's financial aid or other topics particularly relevant to your students.

Talking points:

  • Don't decide on a college based on its tuition; wait until you know your net cost so you can see how affordable it'll truly be for you.
  • Don't assume you won't qualify for financial aid; apply and find out.

Finding Money for College Presentation(Result Type: PPT)
Description: This presentation provides a basic introduction to types of financial aid and how to apply for federal student aid using the FAFSA. [547 KB]
Resource Type: Presentations

2015-16 Do You Need Money for College? Federal Student Aid at a Glance(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet informing students what federal student aid is, who is eligible, and how to apply, as well as providing an overview of the aid programs. [704 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Federal Student Grant Programs(Result Type: PDF)Federal Student Loan Programs(Result Type: PDF)Overview of the Financial Aid Process Graphic(Result Type: IMG)

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Make a Presentation About Filling Out the FAFSA

As FAFSA filing time approaches, your students will feel less anxious if they know what to expect. You might wish to use the FAFSA demonstration site to give students and parents a preview of the application. (You'll need Internet access in the room where you're presenting.) For a more traditional talk, use a PowerPoint presentation. Learn about the FAFSA demo site, and access a link to the site.

Talking point: Meeting school and state deadlines can make a difference in the amount of aid a student receives.

The FAFSA Process Graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that walks through the process of preparing for, completing, and submitting a FAFSA. Includes info on what happens after a FAFSA is submitted. [2.16 MB]
Resource Type: Infographics
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)Text Version(Result Type: General)Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Spanish PDF(Result Type: PDF)Spanish Text Version(Result Type: General)

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Make a Presentation About Financial Literacy

Want to help students assess the relative value for money of the schools they're considering? Want to remind them that they can estimate monthly student loan payments before deciding how much to borrow? Try our Financial Literacy Resources presentation.

Financial Literacy Resources Presentation(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Provides an overview of financial literacy resources available to help students prepare financially for college and borrowing. [13.0 MB]
Resource Type: Presentations

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Make a Presentation About Responsible Student Loan Borrowing

Although millions of students get grants and scholarships for college each year, the fact is that your students are more than likely going to end up getting student loans.

Tip: Real stories of student loan borrowers can be very effective as you raise awareness of rights and responsibilities. See if there's a recent college graduate from your local area who would be willing to talk about how his or her monthly loan payments compared to his or her income. There's no need to go into specific dollar amounts; just a general message about what the borrower can or can't afford due to debt load might get the point across.

Talking points:

  • Interest accrues throughout college on a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and then is capitalized when the borrower enters repayment. If the borrower pays the interest while in college, he or she could save a nice amount of money in the long run.
  • If you live like a student while you're in college, you're less likely to have to live like one after you graduate.

Successfully Managing Your Student Loans(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation that helps borrowers learn how to deal with debt and repay their loans.
Resource Type: Presentations
Related: How to Manage Your Student Loans Video(Result Type: VIDEO)

Federal Student Loans: Be a Responsible Borrower(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Booklet providing info on how to borrow responsibly for college. Includes budgeting, loan types, determining borrowing needs, and understanding loan terms. [342 KB]
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)

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