Below are some financial aid related announcements:
1) Please register for our collaborative partner College Affordable’s monthly webinars. Here is the link to access their webinars and receive 1 hour of free college financial aid consultation, including questions about the new fafsa.
2) This is an unusual year for financial aid, as the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available late in the season (current release date is Dec 31). Please note that private colleges often require both the FAFSA and CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is available for submission now.
Below you will find financial aid update from University of Wisconsin Madison. It delineates important resources and steps you can take.
3) Multiple scholarship opportunities are available to students through GoingMerry and FastWeb scholarship search engines. Both are free. You should not pay for any scholarship search companies.
Here are some examples of scholarships that you can find on Going Merry:
Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship: Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that addresses these questions: What is your passion and how are you currently pursuing it or planning to pursue it? How do you plan to use your passion to make your community, country, and/or world, etc. a better place? What is your education plan (education program, college, or certificate/degree program) and how will it help you pursue your passion and create a positive impact?
TBB Scholarship Opportunity This is the time of the year when senior students are completing their college applications, and we at TBB, Scholarship., Inc want to help out by offering our scholarship awards to eligible senior women students living or attending school in Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
BHS College Counselor
From the Office of Student Financial Aid, University of Wisconsin–Madison:
While we wait for new information about when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) will be available, now is the perfect time to recommend that your students and their contributors get their FSA IDs. That way, they are ready to complete and submit the FAFSA® as soon as it becomes available. Our office is here to support your students and their families throughout this process. While additional information can be found on our A Better FAFSA® website, we included some key FAQs related to the FSA ID and who needs one and why to help as you work with your students and their supporters:
What is an FSA ID? An FSA ID is a username and password that is required to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites.c Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).
Why do you recommend doing this now? Processing a new FSA ID can take up to 5 business days. By getting those IDs now, it means your students and their families will be ready to complete and submit the FAFSA® once it's available and not have to wait for their FSA IDs to process.
Who needs an FSA ID?Beginning with the 2024–25 FAFSA®, all contributors (student, student's spouse, and/or parent) must have their own FSA ID. To find out if your student is eligible for financial aid and to submit a FAFSA®, please encourage them to visit our eligibility page.
How does someone get an FSA ID? To create an FSA ID, please go to studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch.
What if the student or contributor doesn’t remember their FSA ID or is not sure if they have one? To retrieve a forgotten FSA ID or password, please go to studentaid.gov/fsa-id/sign-in/landing and click either the "Forgot my Username" or "Forgot my Password" links.
What if the parent of a student doesn't have a Social Security Number (SSN)?
Those contributors without an SSN, but whose student is eligible to apply for federal student aid, will need an FSA ID. However, they cannot yet create an FSA ID without an SSN. We expect this access to be available around the same time the FAFSA® is released.
Please feel free to check our website often for any updated information and check your email, as we'll work to update you, your students, and their families as we know more. Let us know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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