High school seniors looking for college financial aid are encouraged to attend the next FAFSA Fest on February 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center.
FAFSA stand for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Pat Braus, the Executive Director of the Rochester Education Foundation, discussed the help available and what to bring Friday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“You have to fill out the FAFSA to get aid for college,” she said. “You have to fill out the FAFSA to get that Excelsior Scholarship. You have to fill out the FAFSA just to get past that hurdle so you can fill out your college application.”
Braus said filling out the FAFSA can be daunting. “It’s an online application and it’s fairly complex, and for many people it takes a really, really long time. We can make it take less time and make sure you fill it out right.”
You will need to bring a parent or a legal guardian and your 2016 Federal Tax Return. “The reason you need it is because the powers that be are figuring out how much family income you have so they can figure out how much you need to go to college,” explained Braus. “We’ve seen each year we’ve done it since 2015, we’ve seen more kids filing their FAFSA in the City of Rochester, and also more kids filing early, and that’s really critical because scholarship aid tends to be given out earlier rather than later.”
As an incentive to attend, the Monroe Community College Foundation is offering two $500 book store certificates for kids who are going to MCC.
If you cannot attend the FAFSA Fest on February 13, there is another one coming up in March.
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