Financial Aid Awareness Month LogoIf you are among the thousands of New York City public high school students and families who are applying for college and career training programs this year, we congratulate you for taking the first steps towards higher education.

But now, it’s time to figure out the answer to that timeless question:

How do you pay for college?”

Throughout November, high schools across the five boroughs are participating in Financial Aid Awareness Month, the DOE’s annual effort to help high school seniors get cash for college and career training programs.

All month long, City high school counselors are offering resources and assistance to their seniors as they complete and submit their 2019–20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges use the FAFSA to determine if students are eligible for federal and state student aid, such as grantsstudent loans, and work-study funds. Students who wish to obtain federal and state aid, including funding from Federal Pell Grants and New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)MUST submit a completed FAFSA—there is no income cut-off to apply for federal student aid.

Financial Aid Awareness Month Helps Students

Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step towards college attendance, as students who complete the FAFSA are much more likely to enroll in college.

Because financial aid is often awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, the best way for students to qualify for the most aid they can get for college next year is to submit their FAFSA by the priority deadline on November 30, 2018. Thankfully, filling out the FAFSA is free, and now, it is easier than ever to complete thanks to features like the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and the brand new myStudentAid mobile app available for iOS and Android mobile devices.

To learn more about the FAFSA, financial aid, college costs, and other ways to help pay for college and career training programs, visit our Paying for College page, or speak with your high school counselor.

We wish all of our high school seniors success throughout this year’s college application process!

Four high school seniors looking into camera. One student, second from right, is wearing a Molloy College sweatshirt.

While the last day to submit the 2019–20 FAFSA is June 30, 2020, we strongly urge high school seniors to complete their FAFSA by the priority deadline on November 30, 2018! Remember; financial aid is often awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so submit your FAFSA, ASAP!

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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