Advice to seniors about FAFSA Night
FAFSA Night for parents is tonight from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the library’s media center. The RHS Guidance Department will assist families in beginning the financial aid process for seniors applying to colleges with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
For parents and students that are completely new to this application (and even for some who have completed it before but may be a little rusty), there is information seniors should give their parents before they leave for this evening’s festivities. For instance, if you have your own savings or checking account, let your parents know how much money you currently have in the bank. Another necessary number your parents may not know is your income. This information is really up to students to find out so scavenge your room for your most recent pay stub to give to your parent for tonight. Believe me, filling out a FAFSA can be extremely stressful for parents and they’d definitely appreciate having a leg-up tonight at the meeting.
My last piece of advice: get your FAFSA in to colleges as soon as possible. The sooner they receive it, the sooner they can award you grants and loans. Remember that the first students to get financial aid are usually the ones who get the most.