Studies show there are three major factors that affect college enrollment. One is parent engagement, the second is meeting with a College Adviser, and the third is submitting a FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the easiest way to get financial aid for college! Financial aid includes grants, work-study, student loans, and some scholarships. The free application opens October 1st every year and must be completed every year a student is in college.
(Please be aware that many scams appear each year attempting to get families to pay for information that is free. Specifically, families are targeted by “scholarship companies” that promise to complete FAFSA applications and/or guarantee scholarships for a fee (often as much as $1500). Scholarship information is always available for free at high schools, colleges and on the internet. For more scholarship information relevant to West Charlotte students, click here.)
The FAFSA is easy to complete if you have all of the necessary information before getting started.
To complete the FAFSA, you will need the following – if applicable.
- Parent/Legal Guardian and student 2016 tax information (1040 forms and W-2 forms)
- Parent/Legal Guardian and student Social Security Numbers or Alien Registration Numbers. If parents are undocumented, you may enter 000-00-0000 in place of a Social Security Number.
- Drivers License Number
Steps to complete the FAFSA:
- Create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov – the student and one parent/legal guardian will need one
- Complete a FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year at fafsa.gov
- FAFSA Verification
- Financial Aid 101
Do you have more questions about this topic? Contact Ms. McGuire.