DCPS College Readiness Workshop

Join us tomorrow, June 15th, 2013 at University of the District of Columbia for the DCPS College Readiness Workshop!

  • Are you a student interested in attending college?
  • Are you a parent seeking more information about how to afford college?
  • Do you wonder how a student can be admitted to the college of their choice?
  • Do you wonder how a student can best prepare for college success while in high school?
  • Would you welcome the opportunity to learn directly from admission officers and scholarship administrators how they evaluate student applications?

The DCPS College Readiness Workshop will provide scholars and their families with an opportunity to engage admission and financial aid professionals from selective colleges, universities, programs and scholarships around the country.  Scholars and their families will be exposed to what will be expected of them in the college admissions process.  You will also learn about programs that can support your goals of accessing a competitive, challenging college education.  High-Achieving 9th through 11th grade students and their families from the District of Columbia and surrounding communities are encouraged to attend.

Participating Colleges, Universities, and Programs

Amherst College – Amherst, MA

Barnard College – New York, NY

Boston University – Boston, MA

Chatham University – Pittsburgh, PA

Colby College – Waterville, ME

Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

Davidson College – Davidson, NC

University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

Gates Millennium Scholars – Washington, DC

George Washington University – Washington, DC

Harvard University – Cambridge, MA

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD

OSSE Higher Education Financial Services (DC TAG) – Washington, DC

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

Phillips Academy Andover Postgraduate Year – Andover, MA

The Posse Foundation – Washington, DC

Princeton University – Princeton, NJ

Rutgers University – Camden, NJ

Tufts University – Medford, MA

U.S. Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

U.S. Coast Guard Academy – New London, CT

U.S. Military Academy at West Point – West Point, NY

Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA

University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI

 

 

 

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What is the FAFSA?

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first key step in applying for financial aid. The FAFSA is a questionnaire created by the Federal government that determines a family’s eligibility for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell grant, Perkins and Stafford loans, and federal work study. However, many states, scholarship programs, and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine whether a family needs financial assistance to attend college, and how much. You must fill out a new FAFSA each year that you plan to apply for financial aid.

What type of questions does the FAFSA ask?

The goal of the FAFSA is to understand a family’s financial situation in a given tax year. It will ask questions such as:

• What was the total income of the household? This includes both student and parent/legal guardian income.

• What assets are owned by members of the household?

• How many people are in the household of the family applying for aid?

• How many of those people are college students?

Fill out the FAFSA Early

The FAFSA is available and should be completed January 1st of the year that the student plans on attending college. So, rising seniors who will graduate with the class of 2014 will be able to fill out the FAFSA starting January 1st, 2014. Current seniors in the class of 2013 also have time to fill out the FAFSA for Fall 2013 or Spring 2014—but should complete the form right away!

A family should fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st. Many colleges have financial aid deadlines in early February, and submitting financial aid paperwork late may cause a delay in receiving a financial aid award. The FAFSA is available online and most families complete and submit the form this way. It is available in both English and Spanish. Keep in mind that the FAFSA is free—a student should never be asked to pay to complete the FAFSA.

Check out this video from the U.S. Department of Education on completing the FAFSA.