The Financial Aid Academy (BASIC) For The 21/22 Year

Helping student's/parents navigate the overwhelming financial aid process and maximize their aid offers

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Take the STRESS out of the financial aid process and stay on track for all-things financial aid for the 21/22 Year!

For a complete overview of the three different levels of service within The Financial Aid Academy (BASIC, PRO or PLUS), to determine the best fit for you click the link below.

This course will guide you step by step through the overwhelming and confusing college financial aid process and teach you how to access all the financial aid available to you along with help you get the best aid offers possible!

This course runs August 2021 through May 2022 and you can join at anytime throughout the year!

New content will be uploaded to the course monthly.


Complete your FAFSA and CSS Profile

--- Learn the ins and outs of the financial aid process and better understand how it all works

--- Stay on top of important deadlines

Source and apply for scholarships

Stay informed on all pertinent information in regards to your financial aid award

Report special circumstances to the financial aid office that can help you get additional financial aid

Manage your Expected Family Contribution

— Learn how to effectively Appeal your financial aid Award

--- Learn how to maximize your aid offers

and much more!


— Monthly roadmaps to help you stay on track and guide you month by month through the financial aid process

Video content specific to each month

— Organized FAQ’s and monthly worksheets to keep you on track

Informative webinars with The FAFSA Guru

— Curated scholarship resources and links

I have designed this course as an affordable alternative for families to get valuable guidance from me throughout the entire financial aid process and get the best aid offers possible.

If you're looking for more in depth guidance with me that includes a live monthly webinar, access to a private Facebook group and an exclusive email to ask me questions at anytime along with all the content in the Financial Aid Academy then check out the PLUS and PRO Levels of the Academy.

I can't wait to get started!

See what others have to say about the Financial Aid Academy:

"The Financial Aid Academy has helped us so much this last year. We had no idea where to begin with the financial aid process. It helped us stay on top of important deadlines, fill out all of the complicated financial aid forms and taught us how to access outside scholarships too! Tina even teaches you how to appeal your financial aid offers! This Course is user friendly and we loved that we could access it at our convenience and that new and helpful content was uploaded every week. The value delivered in this course is worth way more than $199! You will not be disappointed if you sign up, I promise!

Linda & Tom Greene, CO.

"Tina is a top notch coach! She has helped my daughter and I this entire year through the overwhelming financial aid process and helped my daughter access thousands of dollars in scholarships that she would not have received without Tina's help! I do not know what we would have done without all Tina's knowledge. I highly recommend her for all of your and your students college financial aid guidance needs!"

— Tina Lewis, CA.

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 overwhelming financial aid process making it less stressful for them, and so my journey began.

Since then, I've worked in the areas of admission, financial aid, student advising, college transitions and have taught college courses at both the public and private level. Much of my experience and expertise is in the area of financial aid.

After working in higher education for over 30 years, I’ve seen the gap between the financial aid guidance students and their families need and what’s available to them. College personnel are overwhelmed and while they do their best to help student's and their families the are super busy and can't always provide more in depth assistance that many families are looking for, 800 numbers are frustrating, and private educational consultants charge thousands of dollars for their services, leaving most families unable to access the help they need.

As a mother (and stepmother) of six children, I’ve seen every side of the process. I launched The FAFSA Guru to provide guidance, support, resources, and a helping hand at an affordable rate for every family preparing for college. I have helped thousands of families navigate financial aid, making sure they get all the money they can and are entitled to. It is my passion, and I’m so grateful to spend my days doing what I do.

I specifically designed my services to be affordable and do not require families to sign on for any expensive packages.

I assist families across the U.S. (and even some in other countries) navigate the overwhelming 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.

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

I live just outside of beautiful 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, with two more heading off soon, so I understand first hand the frustration that comes along with that.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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