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How much financial aid can you get if you were adopted and want to go to college to be a teacher?

I’m in 9th grade and I want to be a teacher. So I want to see what financial aid I would be able to get once I go to college.

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Michele’s Answer

I'm not sure that being adopted has any impact on your financial aid. Some financial aid is needs-based and will be based on your parents' income and your savings. If you want to be a teacher, there are also some scholarships for people who will commit to teaching in certain districts.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Mariely !

Your inquiry shows that you are a most ambitious and insightful person and I am happy to see that you have already gathered an awareness of an element of college that is a concern to every aspiring student ! Although there is no direct answer to your question, I'd like to provide you with some information for future reference. The person that determines how much financial aid you will get is the official person that processes your Financial Aid application and that's probably going to be between 4 and 5 years from now.

The guidelines for applying and qualifying for financial aid as a college student depend on when you apply. You will need to be enrolled half time or full time at an accredited college. That won't be difficult to do as most known colleges are accredited. Each college has a financial aid office on their campus and you can go there at that time you apply to college and ask any questions you may have. From what I am gathering, most financial aid applications are done on line now.

I would advise you to go to the governments' Federal Student Aid website where there is lots of current information, just to have insight about what financial aid is all about. I have provided a link to their website below. The website offers information about the current eligibility requirements and information about loans and grants. Although this information is not applicable to when you will be in college, you can get a feel for the process by reading up on it now since you are curious.

There are also college scholarships and grants that have been being awarded to college students in your state of Texas. There is current information about it and not future information. You'll have to return to their website once you enroll in college. I have provided the link below for you to read up about it and get an idea of what they offer currently.

Sometimes the specific college you are enrolled in has private scholarships for students attending that specific college and you can find out about those through your college major department or your on campus financial aid office at the time you are a college student. So you see, there are many ways to finance your undergraduate degree but right now, having the current information can serve only to familiarize you with what it may be like years from now.

My advice is to continue doing some reading about what goes into being a college student and what aspects of it are connected to financial aid and the types of federal, state and even local assistance that hopefully will still be there a few years from now. I hope this has been a bit of a help and I wish you all the best !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

FEDERAL STUDENT AID INFORMATION https://studentaid.gov/help-center/answers/article/am-i-eligible-for-federal-student-aid
TEXAS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS https://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/states/texas.htm
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david’s Answer

This is an important question for you, and my advice is to discuss with your high school guidance counselor. Counselors know all the resources available to you and can help ensure that you are exposed to them. I could give general advice, but your question deserves facts that apply to you and your situation. For example, you may need to provide financial information from your family.
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