Each year the Free Application For Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available for families to access and fill out on October 1st. Families are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA as close to October 1st as possible, in order to ensure students do not miss out on government grants and aid that are limited and given out on a first come, first serve basis.
To help families be prepared, we are hosting a two-part webinar scheduled for Sundays, September 17th and October 8th at 8:30pm EST. By attending these webinars you’ll learn:
- What documents and information you should have on hand to fill out the FAFSA.
- Who needs to create a FAFSA id and electronically sign the FAFSA.
- How will recent changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool impact this year’s process.
- What is the SAR?
- How is your EFC calculated and what factors have the greatest impact.
- Backup documentation to have in case you are selected for verification.
The second webinar (10/8) will be devoted to walking through an actual FAFSA submission. One webinar participant will be chosen from those that are interested in having their information used for demonstrative purposes. (All identifying information will be removed.)
You can still register for the webinar on 10/8 and you’ll receive the recording for the webinar from 9/17.
Questions can be submitted to be answered during the webinar. All questions must be submitted 2 days prior to the webinar.
If the FAFSA is free, why is there a charge for this webinar?
This is a fair question. The FAFSA is free to file, just like your tax forms. But as with taxes, people sometimes feel they want more expert help. Everyone family’s situation is different. For more complex situations or if it’s your first time filing, you might want extra help to ask questions and get more personalized attention.
We’ve priced this webinar series at the same price as getting a sub/hoagie and a drink. It’s meant to educate people on the form, the process, what impacts Expected Family Contribution and also give participants a chance to submit questions to a college funding professional, who would normally charge an hourly rate of $150 or more.