Resources for FAFSA Completion
The resources linked on this page are a mix of materials from the U.S. Department of Education and City Schools' district office, designed to assist all middle/high and high school communities in supporting graduating seniors as they take an essential step for their future academic success: Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. They are divided into two main groups:
To make best use of these materials with your school community, consider starting first with a communications plan. This sample, organized around the FAFSA completion timeline, can be used as a template to develop a plan for your school. Note that City Schools encourages all seniors to submit their FAFSA by February 15, to allow time for resolution of errors by the state filing deadline.For the 2016-17 FAFSA application, students will need an FSA ID, a username and password that is used to log in to the FAFSA website.
- Information resources to share with students and families (left-hand column below)
- Tools to help you encourage students and families to complete the FAFSA (right-hand column below)
Informing parents and students
Guides and applications (links are PDFs or websites):
- 2016-17 FAFSA on the Web: Online application
- 2016-17 FAFSA on the Web worksheet
- 2016-17 FAFSA: Hard copy application form
- Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
- FAFSA4caster (online tool for estimating FAFSA eligibility and amount of aid)
- What is an FSA ID?
Information sheets and handouts (links are PDF files):
- Myths about financial aid
- What information do I need when I fill out the FAFSA?
- Who is my "parent" when I fill out the FAFSA?
- Am I dependent or independent?
- What is an FSA ID, and why do I need one?
Infographics (links are image files):
- Why go to college?
- The financial aid process
- Do I have to provide my parents' information on the FAFSA?
Videos and slide presentations:
Encouraging and supporting FAFSA completion
Flyers to print and post or to copy for distribution:Scripts templates:For school newspapers/newsletters:
- "House ad"
- Template for letter from principal, encouraging FAFSA completion for students late beginning the process
- Suggested Facebook posts (edit to customize for your Facebook page)
- Suggested tweets (edit to customize for your Twitter feed)