The Power of FAFSA

Students and families, hear me: if you plan to attend college next year, apply for FASFA. FAFSA, also known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, allows colleges and universities to provide financial aid for college students. Financial aid means money! I want to share a few reasons why every student should apply for FASFA.

95% of Students Qualify

If your household income is less than $250,000 a year, you qualify for financial aid. Financial aid gives every person an opportunity to afford school. Colleges receive billions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Education. You can’t get your piece of the pie if you don’t apply! There’s no such thing as being too rich to receive funding for your education. Since less than five percent of people make more than $250,000 a year, I know you can get funding for school!

Don’t Leave Billions on the Table

When you complete the FASFA, you have the opportunity to receive scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and loans. We love the first two options because it’s free money! Work-study programs help you pay for school while gaining valuable career skills. Federal student loans have low interest rates. If you don’t want to leave FREE money on the table, you should apply!

Family Finances Change

In today’s society, family finances can change without warning. If a parent loses a job or someone gets sick in your family, you don’t want to worry about how you will pay for school. Applying for FAFSA is a crucial part of the college application process. Apply for the FASFA and see how much funding you receive from your college or university. If you need more money, you can always appeal for more aid. As long as you submit supplemental information or add new addendums, you can get more funding.

Stay Focused

Happy December, scholars and families! We are halfway through the second quarter of the school year. For seniors, your counselors will send your first semester transcripts to your colleges and universities. For my remaining scholars in grades 6-11, you have a chance to reflect on successes and challenges. Before we move into 2019, I want to share four tips to help you finish 2018 strong.

Every Assignment Counts

Teachers assess what you learned in class by what you submit every day. This includes warm-ups/do now activities, classwork, and homework. Some teachers give grades for class participation! This is not the time to take a break, skip an assignment, or forget to change out for gym. Zeros can destroy your grades.

Let’s say you have a 100 average in class. If you forget to turn in one assignment, it brings your 100 A to a 50 F.

100+ 0=100; 100÷2=50 F (average)

Turning in something for a grade is better than turning in nothing. Earning a B on an assignment is okay. An occasional C will not hurt your final grade.

100+80=180; 180÷2=90 A (average)

Turn in every assignment. Scholars, talk with your teacher if you have missing work. Parents, schedule a conference if you notice major grade issues.

Utilize Your Resources

Your teachers are here to help you. Talk with your teachers about extra opportunities for help. Here are some possible times teachers can provide extra help:

  • Before school
  • During lunch
  • After school
  • During advisory period

Your teacher will help you as long as you take the initiative to ask for help. Another helpful resource in your building is the school counselor. Your counselor can help you with the following skills:

  • Studying effectively
  • Goal setting
  • Taking better notes in class
  • Building relationships

Your counselor is here to help you! They want to work with you, your families, and teachers to help you succeed.

Develop Your Plan

Scholars, you are responsible for your learning. You have the opportunity to go to college, learn a vocational trade, join the military, or own a business. You are accountable for every action and choice you make in school. Here are some great questions to consider while you set goals for this semester:

  • What do I want to learn in class?
  • How can I take advantage of my talents and skills to grow?
  • How can I manage my free time effectively?
  • How can I balance my school/ home/extracurricular activities and still have fun?
  • What am I willing to change to achieve my goals?

Remember, plans are flexible. You can always make adjustments and revisions to thrive in school. I believe in your success. Let’s finish 2018 strong!