Parents will have an opportunity to find out more about financial aid on Thursday, February 25th for their college bound or career trades school students. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.
Students and their parents will be able to file their free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online using the school computers. They will also have guidance from financial aid specialists from Austin Community College.
“It’s really a great opportunity for those who have unusual situations or specific questions to come and have someone there who has the knowledge and expertise to help them,” said Mrs. Sarah Vinklarek, high school counselor.
Parents need to bring a copy of their 2015 tax return.
To apply for funds, students and one parent will also need an FAFSA identification number. This number replaces the PIN number used until May of 2015. The student can obtain a FAFSA ID by visiting https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid.
Once you have an ID, you can go online and apply for student aid in the form of grants, loans and work-study funds.
“When it comes to financial aid, the sooner you file your application the better your chances are of receiving generous offers, so we really encourage everyone to complete it as soon as possible,” said Vinklarek.
FAFSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Education and is the greatest provider of student financial aid in the nation, according to the FAFSA website, providing more than $150 billion in aid to more than 13 million students each year. The website also has other resources that help students make decisions regarding their post-high school education.
The federal aid deadline is June 30, 2016.