ezgif-2-5e0a7b715c04So judging by our calendars, Financial Aid Awareness Month, the DOE’s annual citywide effort to help high school seniors complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is coming to an end.

But fret not, high school seniors; there’s still time to fill out your FAFSA and get cash for college and career training programs!

If you are a high school senior (or a parent of one), and have yet to complete and submit your FAFSA, you should make sure you do each of the following three things as soon as you can:

  • Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID: Head over to fafsa.gov and create your FSA ID, which is the username and password that you would use as a legal signature on your FAFSA. This year, you can also download the myStudentAid smartphone app to make the entire process easier and faster.
  • Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible: While November 30 was set as the priority deadline to complete this year’s FAFSA, you can still complete it after that date! Just keep in mind that financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the earlier you complete these applications, the better!
  • Complete your TAP application at the same time as you complete the FAFSA: Don’t forget to complete your application for New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), too! The State provides up to $5,165 per year in funding for college. So once you’ve completed and submitted your FAFSA, follow the “Start your state application” link on your FAFSA submission confirmation page to go ahead and get your TAP application done.
Student posting a paper cutout of a small graduation cap that features the name of the college she will be attending in the next school year.

College affordability matters, and FAFSA completion makes a big difference in helping all students access college. In fact, 9 out of 10 students who complete the FAFSA enroll in college after they graduate high school.

If you are an undocumented student, nothing should stand in your way of going to college and pursuing your dreams. While you are not eligible to complete a FAFSA, there is still a lot of money available to help you pay for college, including private scholarships and grants that colleges across the country may be able to provide for you. To learn more, speak with your school counselor and visit thedream.us to learn more about these opportunities.

Seniors; we are proud of you, and we are ready to support you as you begin to transition into your new lives outside of high school. Remember: free help is available to you any time at your schools, so if you have questions about financial aid, college, or graduation requirements, check out the DOE’s Paying for College webpage, or stop by your counselor’s office in school, and let them know what’s on your mind. You may also contact the financial aid office of the colleges you plan to attend to learn more.

On behalf of the DOE, we wish all of our high school seniors success throughout the college application process!

The Morning Bell

Official blog for the NYC Department of Education, home of over 1.1 million students across 1,800+ schools

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