| Details:||FASFA Night (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)|
On Wednesday, September 19th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the IVC, financial aid counselors will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is an online application (https://fafsa.ed.gov/) which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise, and government loans. This meeting is important if your student plans to attend a private/public university, community college or vocational school. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important that you complete the FAFSA. Some schools will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. We will also discuss the CSS Profile, a separate online application many private schools use to determine nonfederal financial aid (https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile). The information will be most relevant to seniors and their parents but other interested students and parents are welcome to attend. For those who can"t attend the evening session on September 19th, the information will be presented again on Thursday, September 27th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Library.
The FAFSA goes live on October 1st and will use tax information from 2017. Students planning to start college in fall of 2019 should complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. Before October 1st, both the student and one parent can sign up for an FSA ID. The FSA ID is the Federal Student Aid Identification students and parents use to sign and verify information on their FAFSA and federal student loans. It is important that students sign up for their own FSA ID (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid).
Prior to filling out the FAFSA, families can also complete the FAFSA4Caster (https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e1s1) to see if they will likely be eligible for government aid.