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Financial Aid and FAFSA Information

Parent Information Nights 

Junior/Senior Parent Financial Aid Information Night 
Wednesday, October 25 
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Cedar Springs High School

Juniors/Seniors and their Parents are invited to hear about important senior dates, helpful college and career preparation steps, and an overview of the financial aid process. 

Becky Powell from Grand Rapids Community College's Financial Aid Department will be guiding families through the process of filing for and receiving financial aid for ANY college.

Contact Rebecca Kooi for additional information.

FAFSA Filing Frenzy
Cedar Springs High School

Join high school counselor Ashley Seabolt as she helps our families fill out the FAFSA application to apply for student financial aid. Contact Ashley Seatbolt for more information.

FAFSA Information

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.

The FAFSA asks for information about you and your family’s finances, including tax returns, so you’ll need your parents’ help to complete it.


  • Submitting the FAFSA is the most important thing you can do if you want financial aid.
  • The FAFSA is free—you don’t need to pay anyone to prepare it for you.
  • You need to submit a new FAFSA before each academic year in which you want to get aid. If you plan to apply for aid throughout college, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA each year.
  • Be sure to use a permanent email address on the form, not your high school email, so you can use your FAFSA account throughout college.
  • Completing the FAFSA is one of six steps you need to take to qualify for a $40,000 College Board Opportunity Scholarship.
  • You qualify for a $1,000 College Board Opportunity Scholarship just by submitting your FAFSA.