Let’s get your 2017/2018 FAFSA done!

I love checking things off my to-do list, don’t you?  Let’s get one more to-do list item checked off on your list and prepare your 2017/2018 FAFSA!  You can prepare it yourself (https://fafsa.gov/) or if you’d like some coaching throughout the process you have a couple of options:

Option 1: Attend a FAFSA Frenzy event on campus. Click here for a schedule. (Pay close attention to what you need to bring.) 

Option 2: Can’t find an event that works in your schedule? Visit one of the Community Financial Centers (managed by local non-profit organization Foundation Communities) and get free assistance completing your FAFSA. Appointments are recommended.

What’s your excuse for not preparing your 2017/2018 FAFSA?  Is your excuse, “But I don’t qualify for financial aid!”  Hey, complete the FAFSA anyway. Even if you think you don’t qualify because your income is too high to be considered for grants, it’s still worth going ahead and completing the FAFSA (remember, the application is FREE…what do you have to lose?). Most colleges (including ACC), state scholarship agencies, and foundations use the FAFSA in deciding who gets their scholarship money, as well as how much each student will receive. Also, filing the FAFSA automatically qualifies you for low-cost federal student loans should you need them (and if you do…only take out what you need and not just what is offered to you.)

Remind me, what’s the FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the form that you fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for college. Your eligibility for federal grants (which don’t have to be repaid) and federal loans (which do) will generally be based on your financial need, as determined by the information you supply on your FAFSA. Check out the video below for more: