u-Aspire – Partnership in Financial Readiness





As part of our LCAN’s Continuous Improvement model in collaborating to prepare students to become financially ready for post-secondary study, Muskegon Opportunity has recently partnered with the nationally renowned u-Aspire in hopes to share over 30 years of college affordability expertise with area counselors, administrators and families!

u-Aspire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – post secondary education. u-Aspire partners with high schools, community organizations and colleges to provide college affordability advice to more than 10,000 young people and their families every year! Through its work, college ready students have the support and knowledge they need to over come financial barriers and succeed in college.

To that end, Muskegon Opportunity is proud to share the resources below and provide our local districts with FREE ongoing professional development options on important college affordability topics! For more information about u-Aspire, or to sign up for training announcements and updates, visit www.uaspire.org or email Megan Byard Karaba, College Access Specialist, @ mbyard@muskegonisd.org.

Personalized College Affordability Plan

Affordability Intake Form

Scholarship Toolkit

NCP Student Handout

CSS Profile Checklist

TTA FAFSA Checklist and FA Timeline

FAFSA Completion Timeline Tool for Practitioners

IRS Data Retrieval Tool – Summary Guide

FSA ID Practitioner Cheat Sheet

FSA ID Student Support One-Pager

The Successful AID Appeal (A Cheat Sheet)

Sample AID Appeal Letters

Covering the Bill Calculation Tool

Loan Options Student Handout

Questions for Bill Review

Student Matriculation Checklist SUMMER

Annotated Federal Shopping Sheet

Student Questions for Award Letter Review

Award Letter Analyzer 2016 – TTA

u-aspire training photo