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The Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1, 2017. The FAFSA provides many families pell grants to attend college. Seniors are being asked to fill out the FAFSA currently so they don’t struggle, as much, with the cost of college. Every senior should be applying for the FAFSA.
“The FAFSA is for anyone who is going to college and the college is participating in the Federal Student Aid program,” student success advisor, Steve Irvin said in an email. “FAFSA is for everyone. Not everyone will get gift money (ie. Pell Grant) but financial aid is just not gift money. It is also self-help aid like federal work study jobs and federal student loans.”
This is an opportunity to get help, and to figure out things such as work study. Work study is available to students who fill out the FAFSA that demonstrate a need to have an income. It is usually a job on campus where the college pays you money for the work you do.
The FAFSA does have deadlines. The federal deadline for the year of 2018-19 is June 30, 2019. The state deadline for Iowa is July 8, 2018. Pottawattamie Promise scholarship students must have their FAFSA filled out by November 1, 2017. Students need to be aware that there are also deadlines for individual colleges. Colleges require future/present students to apply for the FAFSA by a certain date: ask your future college what that specified date is.
“Majority of students wait till (sic) the last minute and the application takes a while to process if flagged for verification,” Pottawattamie Promise advisor Jordan Valla said in an email. “(Applying earlier in the year) gives students more time to complete before attending college.”
Waiting until the last minute to fill out the FAFSA will do harm. The government has a certain amount of money that goes towards the federal student aid fund. If you wait, you will not be guaranteed to get the same amount of money as you would have gotten if you had applied earlier in the year. If you are unsure or nervous about the FAFSA, ask your guidance counselor, or advisor for help.
“It’s normal to feel nervous about completing the FAFSA, but help is available to make the process easier,” senior counselor Larella Rangel said. “Contact the counseling center, we will help.”Share