The next phase of the college application process will be completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
As per new standards, the application goes live October 1st, 2018. Each college has its own deadline to submit it by (students should look up deadlines for their chosen colleges), but most schools want it no later than February 15th.
In order to assist with this process, Maspeth will be hosting a FAFSA completion workshop on Friday, November 2nd, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in our school library, room 214. Michael Turner from HESC (Higher Education Services Corp) and volunteers from the Ridgewood YMCA will be present to help students and families complete and submit the FAFSA application.
If you are interested in attending, please email Ms. Delgado in order to keep an accurate headcount.
In order to complete the application, students and their families will need the following documents: Social Security Cards US Permanent Resident Card (if non-citizen) Parent and/or Student Income Tax Information from TWO years prior 2016 Federal 1040/A/EZ, 2016 W-2 forms. (Bring the entire file) Records of untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, food stamps, etc. Information on cash, savings and checking account balances Investments, including stocks, bonds, real estate Excludes retirement accounts, value of primary residence Additionally, in order to electronically sign this application, both students and a parent/guardian must create a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) which requires a working email address. (you can take care of this beforehand to save time, at the link below):
Follow these steps to create a new FSA ID:
- Click on the link to create a FSA ID from fsaid.ed.gov Verify that you are at least 13 years old.
- Create a unique username and password, and provide your email address. When choosing a username and password, remember that the FSA ID is an electronic signature used to apply for financial aid and sign loan promissory notes and other legal documents. **(Write your login and password down somewhere safe and secure)
- Provide all required personal data, such as your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and contact information, as well as answers to the challenge questions you select. **(I strongly suggest you take a picture of all your questions and answers before moving on to the next page - answers are case sensitive and can be difficult to remember down the road). If you already have an FSA PIN, you can link it to your FSA ID. This can speed up the verification process. (If you have forgotten it or do not have a PIN, you don’t need a FSA PIN to create an FSA ID.)
- Carefully review your information. Read and accept the terms and conditions on the FSA ID site.
- Check the email account that was used to create your FSA ID. You can add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to make sure the emails get delivered to your inbox. Look for a message that contains a secure code you can use to verify your email address on the FSA ID site. You will then have the option of using this email address instead of your username to access the various U.S. Department of Education websites. If you change your email address, you will need re-verify it.