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    Financial Aid Video Presentation



    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    The FAFSA for the 2023-2024 school year will become available on October 1, 2022.  Students should visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa for more information.  

    All seniors interested in attending college should plan on completing this form.You may be eligible for loans, grants, or other forms of financial assistance, but you must complete the FAFSA to qualify!

    If you have any questions, please schedule a meeting with Ms. Winters our Financial Aid Advisor. Her email is swinters@wcpss.net   

     Resources for Students in Transition (Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth)

    The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) of 2007 includes provisions to make undergraduate and graduate education more affordable for aspiring social-impact professionals. It also establishes that unaccompanied homeless youth qualify as independent students for purposes of federal financial aid. In addition to the CCRAA, various other national-level supports are available for college-bound students experiencing homelessness, including fee waivers for Advanced Placement exams, college entrance exams, and college application fees.

    Students who are in transition can visit this page for more information, and should speak to their school counselor, Ms. Lynch, or Ms. Winters for more information.


    1. The College Deadline

    The first type of deadline comes from colleges themselves, and—spoiler alert—it’s typically pretty early. These deadlines vary from school to school, but they usually come well before the academic year starts. If you’re applying to multiple colleges, be sure to look up each school’s FAFSA deadline and apply by the earliest one.

    Many of these FAFSA due dates are priority deadlines. This means that you need to get your FAFSA form in by that date to be considered for the most money. Many colleges have this date clearly marked on their financial aid pages. If you can’t find it, you can always call the school’s financial aid office.

    If you’re worried about gathering information to complete the FAFSA form in time to meet this deadline, don’t be. You can apply as early as Oct. 1. This earlier submission date will give you more time to complete the FAFSA form before college deadlines approach, which means more time to compare schools. You’ll use earlier tax information, so there’s no need for estimates.

     2. The State Deadline

    The second deadline is determined by your home state. Starting on Oct.1, you can check your state’s deadline here. Some states have hard deadlines and other states have suggested deadlines to make sure you get priority consideration for college money. There’s also a group of states that offer first-come, first-served financial aid. If your state’s deadline is “As soon as possible after Oct. 1,” you should get your FAFSA form submitted ASAP. Many of these states award financial aid funds only until they run out, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances.

    3. The Federal Deadline

    This last deadline comes from the U.S. Department of Education, aka the FAFSA folks. The only time constraint is that each year’s FAFSA form becomes unavailable on June 30 at the end of the academic year it applies to

    Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources

    General Information:

    www.finaid.org – links to: scholarships, grants, loans, graduate aid

    www.studentaid.ed.gov – information from the U.S. Dept. of Ed. on preparing for and funding education beyond high school

    https://fafsa.ed.gov/- Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    CFNC- College Foundation of North Carolina- Helping you plan, apply and pay for college.

    East Wake Scholarship Page