Finance majors are a big part of the college experience, but for many of us who majored in it, the first step to becoming a full-time professional is finding a job.
As the saying goes, the more things change, the less you know.
Luckily, you can still get into the game as an undergraduate.
Here’s how to get started as a finance major.
Pay your dues First, get your financial aid package.
A financial aid bill, which you can request through the Office of Financial Aid (OFA), will determine which financial aid you will receive.
For the 2017-2018 school year, this will be $20,000 for undergraduates and $24,000 on all other students.
If you are in a private institution, you will likely receive $10,000 of your financial assistance.
Apply for financial aid You can apply for financial assistance by contacting the OFA office.
You can do so through the Student Aid Office or by completing the FAFSA application.
If all goes well, you should be approved in about one to two weeks.
The OFA has a system that allows you to submit your application electronically or by mail.
Apply online A lot of people have trouble applying online because of the number of options and different requirements.
But if you are still stuck, here are some resources to help you through the process.
Read more: What are my options if I am denied?
Pay off your student loans If you don’t have a student loan to pay off, you could get help from the Federal Student Aid Corporation (FSAC).
The FSA has a loan repayment program that can help you with paying off your federal student loans.
It’s available through the Financial Aid Office at any branch of the U.S. Department of Education.
Apply through the FASB to the FFA For financial aid, there are a number of ways to apply to the Financial Action Task Force (FASB), the Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid.
The FAS, which is chaired by the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, helps states, districts and colleges make financial aid decisions.
FAS members include colleges and universities, colleges and their community colleges, and federal, state, and local governments.
There are about 30 members of the FAST task force.
Apply to the National Council on Financial Aid A national council, the National Conference of State Boards of Education (NCSAB), works to improve financial aid and the academic experience for all students.
This is done through the NCSAB’s College Access and Financial Assistance Committee.
The NCSA, which was created by Congress in 2010, was established to improve access to financial aid.
The committee is comprised of members of Congress, governors, and state and local school boards, among others.
The council is made up of school districts, financial aid agencies, and financial aid providers.
Apply via the FEDE (Financial Aid Eligibility Evaluation) You can submit your financial applications online or by filling out the Fedex Online application.
You must have completed at least five years of college and be eligible to receive Pell Grants or a similar program to qualify for federal financial aid eligibility.
The process can take several weeks.
Take a test The SAT or ACT are the two tests that colleges use to determine your eligibility.
They are scored on a scale of 0 to 3, with 3 being the best and 3 being a perfect score.
To qualify, you need a score of 2.5 or higher, which will determine if you can take the SAT or the ACT.
A college or university can also offer a financial aid application to students with test scores of 2 or better.
If that is the case, the college or institution will assess the test score and your eligibility status.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide an online test score calculator for students to use to calculate your financial eligibility status based on your SAT or exam score.
Choose your major When it comes to the college application, there is a lot to consider.
Some colleges, like the University of Virginia and the University in Pennsylvania, may require you to have a major in a specific field.
You will be asked to indicate which major you would like to specialize in, and you will then be graded on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 is “not at all,” and 5 is “very much.”
There are also a few other factors that determine how well you do on the test.
These include your overall GPA and your ACT score.
The higher the score, the better you will do on tests and exams.
Apply at the college level The college application process is much more than an application.
There is a whole array of resources that colleges and colleges’ offices provide, and there is no set number of hours you can spend applying to the school.
The best way for you to get a feel for what it takes to become a student