The Financial Aid Academy

Maximize your financial aid with monthly support and guidance from The FAFSA Guru.

For current high school seniors, college students and their parents.

The academy will guide families through the overwhelming financial aid process and help them better understand it and feel more confident navigating it, along with offer tips, tricks and resources that will help them get the best financial aid offers possible.

The academy will guide families through the overwhelming financial aid process and help them better understand it and feel more confident navigating it, along with offer tips, tricks and resources that will help them get the best financial aid offers possible.

Each month new content will be uploaded to the academy outlining all the financial aid related information and tasks families should be focused on and/or expecting that particular month and things to be aware of to ensure that they are on track.

Monthly resources will include:

  • FAQ’s for that time of year
  • A highlight topic of the month
  • 1-2 videos and/or webinar
  • Various Resources (links/documents) related to time of year
  • Scholarship resources

Month by month highlight topics below:

August - Financial Aid 101 - Understanding the financial aid process and types of financial aid available.

September - Scholarships 101 - How to effectively search for and find those elusive scholarships and preparing for the FAFSA

October - Filling out your FAFSA webinar/tutorial

November - What to expect after filling out the FAFSA and things to watch out for

December - Breaking down a financial aid award

January - How to effectively appeal your word and get more financial aid (in the form of FREE money)

February - Everything you need to know about student loan options

March - Comparing financial aid offers, things to consider

April - How to cover the financial aid gap

May - Accepting financial aid offers/next steps and comparing private loan options

June - Securing loans and last minute scholarship searching

July - Ensuring all is in place with financial aid and important reminders

In addition to the highlighted topics above, other various financial aid resources along with scholarship links will be uploaded into the academy each month.

The Financial Aid Academy will provide you with all the information and resources you need to successfully and confidently navigate the financial aid process, find scholarships and ensure you receive the best financial aid offers possible, each and every year!


"The financial aid academy has not only helped us understand the overwhelming financial aid process but also got our daughter an extra $5000 a year in financial aid for all 4 years! We learned how to write a financial aid appeal letter in the Academy which is how she got awarded the extra aid. Not only, that but Tina provides scholarship resources every month so that we don’t have to search for them. I highly recommend the FAFSA Guru Financial Aid Academy. You can’t beat the price!"

- Scott K., Arizona

"Tina is a top notch coach! She has helped my daughter and I throughout her entire senior year, from essays to financial aid. I do not know what we would have done without all of Tina’s knowledge. She helped us save thousands of dollars and made sure we were on track the whole year. I highly recommend Tina for all of your and your students’ college guidance needs!"

- Tina L., California

all in one place.

The Financial Aid Academy is designed for juniors and seniors in high school (and their parents) and current college students

Your Instructor

Tina Steele
Tina Steele

I began my career in higher education just out of high school when I landed my first "real job" working as a Financial Aid Advisor in a local Truck Driving School. I quickly realized that I loved working with and helping students navigate the college planning process and achieving their dreams, and so my journey began.

Since then (and for the past 29 years), I've worked in the areas of admission, financial aid, student advising, college transitions and have taught college courses at both public and private colleges.

I decided to leave my career in higher education and start my own business several years ago as I found that there was a significant gap between the needs of families and the available help they could get with the college planning process, and I wanted to bridge that gap.

Most Educational Consultants out there require families to sign on for expensive packages that cost thousands of dollars. And as far as the free help that's available, well you know how frustrating it can be calling an 800 number and trying to get someone on the phone. Most admission and financial aid counselors are overloaded and while they help as much as they can, they just don't have the time or resources to provide the more in depth help that some families need and want.

That's where I come in. I specifically designed my services to be affordable and do not require families to sign on for any expensive packages. I require a minimum 30 minute consult call and that's it.

I assist families across the U.S. (and even some in other countries) navigate the overwhelming college planning and financial aid process and help them maximize their financial aid packages and I do this virtually via zoom or over the phone. I offer a wide range of services but my expertise is in the area of financial aid.

I am passionate about helping families better understand and glide through the college planning process more smoothly.

I live just outside of Portland Maine with my husband Clint and 2 of our combined 6 children, and have seen 4 of our children through the college planning process, so I understand first hand the frustration that comes along with that.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the academy start and finish?
This is a monthly membership course that is ongoing.
How long do I have access to the academy?
For as long as you are a paying member.
What if I am unhappy with the academy?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me at anytime to cancel your membership.

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