Dear TUHSD Community,
I recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of TUHSD parents, we discussed the importance of helping students and families prepare for college. This is the time of year when TUHSD schools remind families with seniors about the importance of applying for financial aid. This is a critical step in making college a reality for many students.
The sooner a student completes his or her free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the better his or her chances are for getting financial aid. They give most financial aid packages on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep in mind that some colleges have FAFSA deadlines that are due before the tax filing deadline, so students should check with the specific schools to which they are applying and follow their financial aid timelines. If the deadline is before the tax filing deadline in April 2016, students will need to use their 2015 tax return.
We encourage all high school seniors to apply for financial aid, because they will not know if they qualify unless they take the time to apply. It generally takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The online FAFSA form uses skip logic, meaning they only ask questions that are relevant to you. If you have already filed your taxes, you can transfer your tax return data into FAFSA automatically. Each school in TUHSD has scheduled time for students and parents to come in and complete their FAFSA. Guidance advisors are available to answer questions. If you attend, students and parents should bring their social security numbers, most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned, bank statements and records of investments, records of untaxed income, and e-mail account information.
I am often asked why it is important to complete a FAFSA application. The FAFSA qualifies students for grants and student loans, as well as Federal Work-Study Program opportunities and many scholarships. Applying is free, so students who plan to seek postsecondary education should complete the FAFSA, even if they are not sure they will qualify for financial aid. There is no income cutoff to qualify for financial aid. They base eligibility for financial aid on several factors, not just parents’ income.
If your student is already attending college or a university and is getting financial aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA again. Students should complete the FAFSA every year they attend a postsecondary institution, including college or career and technical schools.
To learn more about financial aid help sessions and view your child’s campus schedule, please visit your child’s school website. Do not delay; complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.
Yours in education,
Dr. Lexi Cunningham
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