Parent Center

To help you better understand your role as a parent in the financial aid process we have gathered some information which may be useful in helping your family determine the best way to fund your student’s education.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is your student’s federal financial aid application. Its annual completion is necessary as it builds the foundation which allows the federal and state government as well as Keystone College to determine eligibility for many financial aid awards both need and non-need based.

Dependent Student Definition
The federal Department of Education’s (DOE) definition for a “Dependent” student is drastically different than that of the IRS.

Verification of Dependent Students
Any FAFSA may be selected for a process called Verification. If selected, Keystone College is required to verify information submitted on the FAFSA for both student and parent(s) which may include, but is not limited to:

Parent PLUS Loan Program
If a dependent student's total cost of attendance (COA) cannot be met with funds for which the student qualifies, parents may request to borrow money, up to the student's cost of attendance, through the Parent PLUS Loan program.

Student Privacy
Upon a student’s acceptance to the College, all financial aid records and data submitted with the student's application for financial aid are treated as confidential and are subject to disclosure requirements under the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA). (See Keystone's FERPA Policy.)