More than $180 billion in college aid is available to students for the 2017-2018 academic yearand the time for applying is now.
Starting on Oct. 1, 2016, families can go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Think you won’t qualify for a needs-based scholarship? Don’t let that stop you from filling out an application. A FAFSA is required for many school-based scholarships. It also can open the door to work-study jobs, low-interest loans and grants.
“Don’t leave money on the table, and act quickly as funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis,” says Ann-Marie Proctor, a Guidance Counselor at Jordan High. Last year, Utah students lost out on a whopping $45.5 million in free federal money because they didn’t complete a FAFSA.
The good news is that FAFSA is now easier to fill out than ever before, because families can use their prior year’s taxes. Following is a list of documents required for FAFSA:
- Your Social Security card or Permanent Resident Card
- Your parents’ Social Security card(s) or Permanent Resident card(s)*
- Most recent tax returns for you and your parent(s)
- Most recent untaxed income records
- Most recent W-2 forms for you and your parent(s)
- Bank account balances for you and your parent(s)
- Current business/investment/mortgage information (student and parents)
- Your driver’s license
(*note: if your parents don’t have a social security number, you can still file your FAFSA)
To help spread the word so that all students can access this historic investment in financial aid, Canyons District’s high schools are hosting free FAFSA completion nights where counselors will guide families through the application process. Anyone can attend these free events, and there are scholarship opportunities just for attending. Visit StepUpUtah.com/events for a statewide schedule. Following are the events to be held at Canyons District schools.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Brighton High, 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Jordan High, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
Alta High, 5-8 p.m.
Hillcrest High, 5-8 p.m.
Corner Canyon High, 6-9 p.m.
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