The Financial Aid Head Start Program 

For a successful start

to your financial aid journey!

The Financial Aid Head Start Program is an easy to digest online course designed to help families get ready for a successful and stress free financial aid experience.


The Financial Aid Head Start Program...

  • Puts students and families in charge of their  financial aid experience

  • Offers easy to follow, step by step instructions on how to apply for financial aid

  • Provides an overview of federal, state and college financial aid programs

  • Introduces resources, payment plans and tax benefits for parents

The Financial Aid Head Start Program Puts You In Charge!

From knowing important dates & deadlines to completing the financial aid forms with ease. This program is designed to give you entry into the financial aid process without all the stress and worry of learning things on the internet.

What Can You Expect From The Financial Aid Head Start Program?

This is a comprehensive, SIMPLE and PROVEN financial aid program that gives you the financial aid concepts you need to know, laid out in understandable terms. We break it all down, piece by piece, turning confusion into clarity using video lesson, workbooks and exercises.


With straightforward, no nonsense guidance and advice, you’ll be on your way to supporting your family through the complexities and emotions that come with your college search and selection process – all with an eye towards college affordability.  We promise that by the end of The Financial Aid Head Start Program you will...


  • Have the Financial Aid vocabulary and tools of the trade for financial aid success. It is important to know dates and deadlines and have a vocabulary to navigate the financial aid process.   This program introduces most federal, state and college  merit scholarships, grants, loan and work programs - you will know what to expect from the colleges and universities you are applying to. 
  • Develop the confidence to navigate and complete the FAFSA error free while maximize your financial aid eligibility
  • Stress Less about the financial aid process as you will know what to expect!

The Financial Aid Head Start Program 

The Financial Aid Head Start Program includes 4 modules and includes 16 lessons. Each lesson includes a self-paced video, workbooks and worksheets to assist you with your financial aid journey. 


Module One: It's all about the FAFSA

  • Lesson 1: An introduction to the FAFSA Application   
  • Lesson 2: Ready Set Go! Complete the FAFSA
  • Lesson 3: Know your FAFSA Formula 
  • Lesson 4: A Live FAFSA walk through

Module Two: Understanding how Colleges Award Financial Aid

  • Lesson 5: Let's take a deep dive into the Cost of Attendance
  • Lesson 6: Understanding your Federal EFC - What the Federal Government thinks you can pay for college
  • Lesson 7: How much financial aid are you eligible for?
  • Lesson 8: Financial Aid Award Letters - the ins and outs

Module Three: Financial Aid Program Overview

  • Lesson 9: Free Federal and State Financial Aid Programs
  • Lesson 10: Student Employment 
  • Lesson 11: Student Loans
  • Lesson 12: College Grants and Scholarships

Module Four: Insider tools and tips of the trade

  • Lesson 13: The Path to Private Scholarships
  • Lesson 14: Resources for Parents
  • Lesson 15: The CSS Profile
  • Lesson 16:  Verification 

Each lesson includes a short video, printable workbook and resources.

What are others saying about

The Financial Aid Shop's Online Programs

Student, Janice Y.

Palos Verdes. CA

“Thanks again for meeting with me! You gave me a lot of insight for my college planning and I fell more prepared for the next steps.  I look forward to utilizing the advice you provided."

Grandparent, Pam Donesley

Manhattan Beach, CA

"Catherine’s financial aid programs are incredibly comprehensive and easy to follow. I highly recommend this program to any family planning for college."

USC Student Parent, L. Dixon

Lawndale, CA

"Without hesitation, I would highly recommend Catherine. The amount of value you receive from her knowledge and detailed advice, will allow you to be confident in your decision on how to further your child’s education. Because of her support on a financial aid appeal, we received about $4,000 more in scholarship money."

Parent, Pat D

Hawthorne, CA

"As a step-parent, I felt a lot of pressure to co-sign on expensive private loans for my daughter while she was in college. Catherine reviewed all our options with us and as a result, we were able to finish out her college education without having to take on more debt."

The Top Outcomes 

Reported By Parents & Students Surveyed After completing this course

  • Substantial increase in financial aid knowledge and increased confidences in the financial aid process

  • Knowledge of important financial aid dates and deadlines

  • Clearer understanding of the Cost of Attendance and how financial aid is determined

    • Access to the financial aid forms and methodologies before the senior year

    • Confidence in completing the FAFSA error free and what happens once the FAFSA is completed

    • Resources for parents to navigate college costs, and paying for college

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    The Financial Aid Head Start Program!

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    • Lifetime access for all of the kids you have preparing for college

    • Content updated annually as new financial aid rules and regulations are released.

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