District holds free FAFSA Day event

On Oct. 23 Round Rock ISD high school seniors and their parents are invited to attend FAFSA Day and receive free assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The event will be held at Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Drive in Round Rock, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the library.

Making an appointment is easy and encouraged, particularly if language translation services are needed. Drop-ins can be accommodated from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

When a student files the FAFSA, they may become eligible for scholarships or grants (based on need and merit), work-study programs or low-interest loans. The first step for both the senior and the parent is completing the FSA ID. The FSA ID is an electronic signature, one for the student and a different one for the parent (or shared by both parents). There is a one to a three-day time frame for processing the FSA ID, which is required to complete the FAFSA. Go to FAFSA and click on the “FSA ID” button in the top bar.

To receive assistance in completing and submitting the application, please bring the listed items:

  • FSA-ID
  • Valid ID for both student and parents.
  • Social Security Card for both student and parents.
  • Names of schools interested in attending.
  • Financial Aid Vocabulary Cheat Sheet
  • Financial records, checking, savings, investments, assets. Tax records are usually imported from the IRS.
  • Tip: When completing any post secondary planning, such as FAFSA use a personal, not school related email address.

FAFSA applications for students entering college in the 2018-2019 school year opened Oct. 1. Students are encouraged to begin filling out the online application prior to the event. For more information about starting the FAFSA application before the FAFSA day event, please visit the FAFSA page on the District website.

For students to increase their chances of receiving the best financial aid packages for which they are eligible, the District’s high school counselors recommend that every graduating senior fill out their FAFSA before Dec. 31.

For more information on FAFSA Day, please contact your campus counselor.