Did you know the 2016-17 FAFSA is available January 1st?

As the cost of college continues to increase, securing financial aid must become an important part of the college application process. The Education Trust-West reports only about half of  financially aid untapped. Financial aid is critical for our students when you consider that a strong correlation exists between FAFSA completion and college enrollment.

FAFSA News:

Students should know that a FSA ID must be created prior to beginning the FAFSA. Direct students here to find out more FAQ’s to FSA ID: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/pub/faq.htm More Information for students is available at StudentAid.gov/fafsa-changes.

High school staff can prepare now by checking out the FAFSA Demonstration Website: available December 30, 2015.  Website: fafsademo.test.ed.gov, Username: eddemo, Password: fafsatest

Resources for Schools: Help your school increase its FAFSA completion rate with two websites that help you track student submissions.

Ed Trust West’s California Financial Aid Tracker tracks college financial aid application rates for California schools and districts. It reports the percent of 12th graders who completed FAFSA and Cal Grant applications http://financialaid.edtrustwest.org/

The US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Website can help schools keep track of how many applications are submitted and how many are completed. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/data-center/student/application-volume/fafsa-completion-high-school