It’s FAFSA Time
The FAFSA window for application opens on October 1st. All high school seniors and college students who will be attending school for next school year should plan on filling out the FAFSA. It is mandatory as part of enrolling in community college, college and trade/vocational/technical training programs in order to receive financial aid, grants, and scholarships. The early bird gets the worm….or at least access to more funding! Most states award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis, and students who file early tend to receive twice as much grant money. You can prepare by gathering the necessary information to file early:
- Visit FAFSA.gov to create a FAFSA ID right away. Both the student and parent/guardian (biological or adoptive) need to complete this step (more information here). Visit https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/ to create an account
- Have your social security number in hand.
- Parent/Guardian needs to have their tax records available.
- Have a list of schools that you are interested in attending or have been accepted to as they will receive your information automatically and determine additional aid that you may receive from the school.
We are here to help! We have computers and wi-fi. Talk to your Match Support Specialist if you are interested in visiting the office to work on your application.