If you’re a senior planning to attend a post-secondary school, it’s important for you and your parents to complete a FAFSA form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Federal student aid includes Federal Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work-study opportunities. In addition to determining eligibility for federal student aid, many states, private organizations, colleges, and career schools rely on information from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for non federal sources of aid.
There are two major changes to the FAFSA taking effect for the 2017–18 school year, which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018:
- The FAFSA will be available earlier (October 1 of the previous year instead of January 1 of the upcoming school year).
- The FAFSA will collect income information from an earlier tax year.
To help students and parents prepare the form, UnidosNow is partnering with Talent4Tomorrow and the Manatee Education Collaborative to offer workshops at high schools in both Sarasota and Manatee counties, respectively, from October through February. Click here to see the calendar of dates and locations.
We are also recruiting bilingual volunteers to provide one-on-one assistance to students and parents at these workshops. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of the sessions, please RSVP to Lisbeth Oscuvilca, Lisbeth@UnidosNow.org, for one of the following trainings:
- October 13th from 5:30-8:30 PM at Suncoast United Way, 1800 2nd St, Sarasota
- October 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota