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FAFSA Filing Party

We're excited to announce that the updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on December 31! To assist our senior families in this important process, we're hosting a FAFSA support session.


Join Us for Assistance:

  • Date: January 10th
  • Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
  • Location: High School Cafeteria
  • Filing the FAFSA can be quick, taking as little as 30 minutes. Feel free to drop in at a time that suits you best during the session!


What to Bring:

  • Your student and their Chromebook for optimal internet access.
  • Alternatively, you're welcome to bring your own laptop. We'll provide wifi guest logins. (Note: We have limited computers available.)

Don't miss this opportunity to get support with the FAFSA and ensure a smooth application process. 


Be sure to bring the additional items below if you are attending the FAFSA Filing Party!
 


Preparation Tips for Upcoming FAFSA Session

Whether you're attending our FAFSA support session or planning to file from home, here are some useful tips to ensure you're well-prepared:

  1. Create Your FSA ID Ahead of Time: It's a good idea to set up your FSA ID in advance.For help on knowing who in your family needs an FSA ID, please review THIS CHART
  2. Essential Documents to Bring:
    1. Social Security numbers.
    2. Tax documents.
    3. W2 forms.
  3. With all of the changes to the FAFSA, check out this SHORT VIDEO SERIES directly from Federal Student Aid that will help you understand all of the changes and new terminology for the new FAFSA.

Having these items on hand will streamline the process, whether you're completing the FAFSA at our session or in the comfort of your home.


FAFSA Filing Guide: Key Steps and Resources

  1. Official FAFSA Website
    1. Access the application at the FAFSA Official Site. Remember, FAFSA is free – if a website asks for payment, it's not legitimate.
    2. Paper FAFSA Option: While available, we recommend avoiding the paper application due to longer processing times and complexity. Online filing is faster and more efficient.
  2. Set Up Your FSA ID: Create your FSA ID before filing.
    1. Visit FSA ID Setup for instructions.
      1. Both students and one parent need an FSA ID, which serves as your login and electronic signature for the FAFSA.
      2. Security: Keep your FSA ID information secure but accessible, as it's necessary for future FAFSA filings, making changes, and for loan applications at Student Aid - Loans.
      3. Activation Time: It takes 1-3 days for the FSA ID to become fully operational, so set it up a few days before starting the FAFSA.
      4. FSA ID Replaces PIN: The FSA ID is now used in place of the PIN on all federal student aid websites.
  3. Required Documents: The exact documents needed vary based on individual circumstances, but generally include:
    1. Social Security Number (both students and parents)
    2. Diver's license (if any) or state ID
    3. W-2 forms and other records of money earned from two years ago (for example: if it is currently 2020 you need 2018s information)
    4. Income Tax Returns from two years ago
    5. Records of child support paid
    6. Records of taxable earnings from Federal work-study or other need-based work programs
    7. Records of student grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid, including AmeriCorps awards that were included in student or parent AGI
    8. Current stock, bond, and other investment records
    9. Current business and farm records
  4. Most students will need these core documents. Specific requirements depend on income and other factors.
    1. All students will need social security numbers, W-2, and tax forms.

By following these guidelines, you'll be well-prepared for a successful FAFSA filing experience.

 

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