FAFSA Free Application For Federal Student Aid

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    How can I learn more about financial aid? You can view the district PowerPoint on financial aid. Should you have questions, we encourage you to reach out to your school's counseling staff. 


    What is FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a document that colleges around the country use to determine the amount of financial aid to award to students. Any student wanting to receive any type of federal aid must complete the form.

    How do I complete the FAFSA? Students and parents/guardians can complete the FAFSA electronically by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Both the student and the parents are required to create an FSA ID, which is used to confirm your identity and to electronically sign your federal student aid documents. Students and parents will need their Social Security Numbers and access to 2015 tax returns, if applicable. Step-by-step instructions are available as you complete each section.


    When is the deadline? The federal deadline to submit an online application for the 2018-2019 academic year is June 30, 2019. However, you want to submit your application as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1st of each year to ensure that you are able to receive all the federal and state grant aid for which you are eligible. Most colleges and universities also set priority deadlines for FAFSA completion.

    How can I get help completing my FAFSA? October 3, 2018 Topeka Public Schools will host a districtwide completion night at Washburn Univeristy's Forensic Science Building. The event will start at 6 p.m. We will have staff on hand to help TPS families complete their FAFSA form. You will know that night what financial assistance you qualify for. 

    In addition, Highland Park High School, Topeka High School and Topeka West High School will each host a FAFSA night with staff on hand to assist families.

    What you Need to Bring:

    • 2017 tax return
    • Social Security Numbers for parents and student
    • Student Driver's license/State ID

    Questions? Please contact your counselor with additional questions. If you and your parents are unable to make it to the FAFSA Completion Night and still need assistance, please contact Laura Nichols at lnichols@tps501.org