FAFSA

     Everyone can relate to the feeling of worry running through their mind knowing something new is coming their way. As high school comes to an end, there’s a whole new chapter that follows, and hunting for the perfect college is a big challenge. The amount of college expenses a college can carry and all the decisions that come with it can be overwhelming. However, there is help for those who seek it.

Don’t we all love it when something is on sale or for free? I mean, who doesn’t? Lucky for you, FAFSA, also known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a component of the U.S. Department of Education that is willing to give you a hand. FAFSA presents itself to be one of the many greatest benefits provided toward financial aid in the nation because of the financial aid this program provides for students applying to college.

In order to apply, students must fill out a form that will determine their eligibility to qualify for student financial aid. The resources of financial aid includes federal and state student grants, work-study funds, and loans, conveniently available in one application. Applying to FAFSA is a great opportunity, especially because the aid comes from a passionate program that will support and encourage you to strive for educational greatness. If you are interested and want to know more, go check out their website at: fafsa.gov.

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Our college advisor, Stacey Badger, here on campus is available to answer questions for students who are in need of additional guidance/help about college. Here are the following answered questions that may concern you about FAFSA:

 

What are the requirements in order to apply for FAFSA?

  • You are of financial need, meaning the financial information you and your family provide on the FAFSA is qualified.
  • Make an FSA ID for you and your parents
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License (if you have one)
  • Federal income tax returns from 2015
    • Your parents and yours, if you worked in 2015
    • W2 forms, IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 E
    • Untaxed income records
  • Current bank statements
  • Investment records

How do I apply?

    • Online: fafsa.gov
    • Your parents must make an account as well.

How and when will I receive my financial aid payments?

You will receive an email after you have completed the FAFSA, and it will take you to your Student Aid Report, which shows you a summarized version of FAFSA. Then, the school you decide to attend will determine how much money you will receive. Make that sure you contact the school with any sort of unusual circumstance that affects your ability to pay for your education so the school can adjust the money you receive accordingly.

  • When is the deadline to turn in applications for FAFSA due?
    • March 2nd, but the earlier the better!
  • What types of aids are available?img_9528
    • Cal Grant

      • A grant you receive for being a CA resident and for going to a college in CA.
      • Does not need to be paid back
    • Pell Grant
      • Grant you receive for being in a certain income bracket.
      • Does not need to be paid back
    • Scholarships
      • List on GGHS website (counseling -> financial aid/scholarships-> scholarships doc)
      • Must apply
      • Does not need to be paid back
    • Loans
      • Receive from bank
      • Need to paid back with interest
    • StudentAid.gov is a great website for questions and more information.