FAFSA window to open soon
Sept. 26, 2019
For many, Oct. 1 signifies the fall – leaves turning orange and gold, and maybe pumpkin spice in their coffee. But for Pflugerville ISD high school seniors and their parents, Oct. 1 marks a significant step in the college application process.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) window opens Oct. 1, which will send high school students throughout the United States vying for limited grant, loan and work-study funds for next year’s fall semester.
To assist PfISD students in making the next jump in their lifetime journey, the district will host a series of FAFSA application completion events each Saturday in October. PfISD will also support students in getting their FAFSA and Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) paperwork done, and submitted to postsecondary institutions of their choice through the ApplyTexas portal.
“Pflugerville ISD is committed to preparing all students for the transition from high school to multiple pathways after graduation – both career and college,” said PfISD Special Programs Executive Director Cara Schwartz.
Filing for FAFSA is free, and FAFSA.gov provides a list of documents necessary to the process. Students may list up to 10 schools they are interested in attending, even if they have not yet applied or been accepted to the institutions.
“Research indicates two-thirds of almost all living wage jobs will require a postsecondary credential,” said Schwartz. “However, training for credentials can be expensive.”
The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in grants (including Pell Grants), loans and work-study funds each year to help pay for college or career school. Most students are eligible to receive financial aid from the federal government. Age, race, or field of study will not affect eligibility.
An often overlooked aspect of the application process is that many colleges, state agencies, and scholarship foundations require FAFSA in order to award scholarships and grants to middle- and upper-middle-class students attending expensive schools. Some private colleges, for example, award need-based aid to some students from families earning more than $200,000 a year.
“The overwhelming message from the college side is that there are scholarships that don’t look at financial need, but do require FAFSA/TASFA information,” said Hendrickson College and Career Counselor Leigh Ann Spradlin.
FAFSA is a prerequisite for Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Grad PLUS Loans and Parent PLUS loans. These loans are available without regard to demonstrated financial need.
PfISD FAFSA Saturday events will take place at the following dates, times and locations:
- Oct. 5: Weiss High School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Oct. 12: Pflugerville High School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Oct. 19: Hendrickson High School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Oct. 26: Connally High School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit FAFSA.gov or review the video below about FAFSA:
- FAFSA video:www.youtube.com