Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year will become available on Monday, October 1, 2018. Students should visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ 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 in the 2018-2019 school year - but you must complete the FAFSA to qualify!
If you have any questions, please see Ms. Winters in Student Services. She is available every Thursday from 8:30 to 1:30
FAFSA Day 2018
Let's get into High Gear with FAFSA Completion! CFNC, in partnership with the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the State Employees' Credit Union, sponsors "FAFSA Day" every year. On that day, students and their families meet with college financial aid officers who help them complete and submit their FAFSA. FAFSA Day is Saturday, October 27, 2018. See the map here for a site near you! Can't make it to FAFSA Day? Contact your local financial aid office to help!
You must register to attend
Bring these items:
2017 federal tax returns (for student & parent/guardian)
FSA ID for student and one parent/guardian (create an FSA ID)
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 Academic Couselor, Ms. Bell, or Ms. Winters for more information.
3 FAFSA DEADLINES EVERY STUDENT SHOULD KNOW!
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 (instead of Jan. 1 as you may have done in the past). 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 (2017) 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, 2018,” 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 us, the U.S. Department of Education, aka the FAFSA folks. Our 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.
That means that the 2019–20 FAFSA form (which will be available on Oct. 1, 2018) will disappear from fafsa.gov on June 30, 2020, because that’s the end of the 2019–20 school year. That’s right; you can technically go through your entire year at college before accessing the FAFSA form. However, a few federal student aid programs have limited funds, so be sure to apply as soon as you can. Also, as we said, earlier deadlines from states and colleges make waiting a bad idea.
Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources
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.