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The FAFSA Project Team, within TCCC’s High School Graduation Network, partnered with GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) to host a FAFSA Blitz at R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston on February 7.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is how students apply for federal grants, work-study funds, student loans and scholarships to pay for college.
TCCC has also hired Mike Ward, a retired associate principal and educator, to oversee the FAFSA Project.
Mike worked in Charleston County School District’s central office as a Title I and language arts team associate for 14 years and spent more than a decade at R. B. Stall High School as a curriculum specialist and associate principal for curriculum and instruction before retiring in June of 2017.
If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, you should fill out your FAFSA now!
Here are some tips for completing the FAFSA:
1.) The official FAFSA website is fafsa.gov. You should never be asked to pay to complete the FAFSA. It’s always FREE.
2.) Fill out the FAFSA form as soon as possible. Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and some states and colleges run out of money early. Even if it seems like your school’s deadline is far off in the future, get your FAFSA done ASAP.
3.) It’s important to get an FSA ID (username and password) before filling out the FAFSA form. When you register for an FSA ID, you may need to wait up to three days before you can use it to sign your FAFSA form electronically. Create an FSA ID at StudentAid.gov/fsaid.
4.) Colleges can’t see the other schools you’ve added, so you should add ALL colleges you are considering to your FAFSA form, even if you aren’t sure if you’ll apply or be accepted. You can add up to 10 schools at a time.