In 2015, more than $2.7 billion in financial aid for college went unclaimed. Data show that 85% of students who complete the FASFA receive student aid. This is why UnidosNow and community partners in Sarasota and Manatee counties have been busy with launching this year’s FAFSA support for high school students and their families.
UnidosNow Team at Holy Cross.
The UnidosNow education program team held outreach and information events at Holy Cross and Sacred Heart churches in Manatee County to promote the upcoming workshops in November, and into the New Year, where free, one-on-one assistance will be provided to families to complete the FAFSA form.
Juan Arcila at a FAFSA workshop at Palmetto High School.
Last month, our collaborators from USF Sarasota-Manatee, Katie Fleck and Juan Arcila, gave a financial aid presentation, including FAFSA tips, at Palmetto High, where we will hold a FAFSA workshop on November 8th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.
Sarasota High School FAFSA Workshop.
FAFSA Volunteer Training Workshop at United Way Suncoast.
The team also held a workshop at Sarasota High last month, where more than 100 attendees were able to complete their FAFSA forms. Our Sarasota partners, including the United Way Suncoast and The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, as well as financial aid officers from USF Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida, and the Ringling College of Art and Design were on site, assisting families with the process. Additional FAFSA sessions at other schools in Sarasota County will be offered this month.
Students and parents attending the FAFSA workshops will need to take the following information with them to be able to complete the form:
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License number (if applicable)
- Parent & Student 2015 Federal Income Tax Return
- Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (if applicable)
- 2015 untaxed income records
We wouldn’t be able to offer this valuable service for students who want to pursue post-secondary education without the dedicated volunteers who assist families through the FAFSA process. We held two trainings in October to prepare this special group of committed individuals for their task and we are very grateful for their critical contribution to this effort. Our thanks also go to USF Sarasota-Manatee and United Way Suncoast for hosting the trainings.
For more information and resources on FAFSA, click here.
All these workshops and training would not be possible without the remarkable collaborative work with our partners:
- In Sarasota County: Talent4Tomorrow, United Way Suncoast, the Sarasota Education Foundation, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and CareerEdge.
- In Manatee County: Local College Access Network (LCAN) Manatee, the Manatee Community Foundation, United Way of Manatee, The School District of Manatee, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Manatee Technical College, Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, and CareerEdge.