In our current economy, paying for college is more difficult than ever before. Finding any money to help you pay for college and help you eventually attain your goal of graduating with a degree can be a long, monotonous task.
One very important task that all high school seniors should be encouraged to do is file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. The application process for this began on January 1st.
And, to help families and high school seniors navigate the process of FAFSA, a mixture of Riverside-area educational groups has created a video tutorial! This video can be viewed on the website of the Riverside County Office of Education at http://www.rcoe.us.
According to Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Young, “In today’s global economy, college and career readiness are the keys to success, for our young people, and for this region.” Young says that the Riverside County of Education is “encouraging all our students to continue their education beyond high school.”
The 9-minute video walks students through the process of completing this very important application, explaining key passages and sources of financial aid. If you want to view the video with us, we can watch it and answer any questions you may have in filling out the FAFSA application. All of the information on the video is applicable for all high school students, regardless of the college or university they hope to attend.
The video was developed in partnership with the Riverside County Office of Education and the Completion Counts initiative, including Riverside Community College and UC Riverside. Its goal is to make a college degree attainable for every Riverside County student and raise the county’s college-going rate.
For college bound students, the FAFSA is extremely important. It’s necessary for grants, loans, and work study funds from the federal government, and required by other important sources of financial aid. Aid packages are determined in part on family income, and therefore, it is a good idea to complete the application as soon as possible after January 1.
So, if you need any help with the FAFSA application, or need information on it or the video, please contact us so we can help you get the application started ASAP!