high schools, colleges, and organizations (i.e. state education
agencies, banks, lenders) sponsor financial aid workshops
to help high school students and their families get a better
understanding of the college selection and financial aid process.
These workshops typically take place during the months of
November through February.
Most workshops are offered free of charge to the public. Be
aware that some private organizations charge a fee for their
workshops and to perform scholarship searches, but you can
obtain the same information from a free financial aid workshops
or scholarship search web sites.
Workshops typically provide families with the following
||The College admission and
financial aid process
||How financial aid eligibility is determined
||How to fill out the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other relevant forms
||Different Sources of Financial Aid
Workshops allow families to complete their FAFSA with financial
aid professionals on-hand to answer individual questions.
Because the FAFSA require specific financial information,
participants may be asked to bring the following items to
the workshop such as: Federal and State 1040 Tax returns for
parents and students (if possible); W-2 Forms for parents
and students; and Untaxed Income Amounts (i.e. AADC, SSI,
Child Support, etc.). To expedite the process, families should
complete the FAFSA as much as possible in advance of the workshop.
For additional information, contact your high school guidance
counselor to see when you and your parent(s) can attend
a workshop in your city/town.