Get Cash for College: FAFSA Fest

Do you want to go to college, but worry that you can’t pay for it? Luckily, there is money out there for students who need it. To apply, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA. Here are a few facts about the FAFSA that every college-going family should know from the Rochester College Access Network.

We will have a full slate of FAFSA Fest events in late 2016 and early 2017.

 

Our first event, Holiday FAFSA Fest, was December 1.

Other events are: 

Jan 18th, Wheatley Library, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester 14608

Jan. 29th, East High College Goal Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 1801 E. Main St., Rochester, NY 14609

Feb. 7th, Wilson High School, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 501 Genesee St., Rochester 14611

Feb 11th, Frderick Douglass Rec Center, noon - 2:00 pm, 999 South Ave., Rochester 14620

Feb 21st, Maplewood Library, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 1111 Dewey Ave., Rochester 14613

March 4th, Franklin High School Campus, noon - 2:00 pm, 950 Norton St., Rochester, NY 14621. 

 

All events are free of charge, and refreshments will be served. 

What do you need to bring? 

*A parent or legal guardian

*2015 or 2016 Federal/NYS tax returns and Social Security number of parents and students.

*All students are welcome! Assistance for special circumstances is available. 

 

Incentives to attend: 

*Two $500 certificates to the MCC book store will be awarded at the REOC, Wheatley, Wilson, Douglass, Maplewood and Franklin events. The certificates are only for students attending MCC next school year. 

*Students filling out the FAFSA at a FAFSA Fest event also qualify to be considered for two prom tickets to be given at each Rochester City School District High School through a selection process administered by school counselors at each school this spring. 

For more information you can call Rochester Education Foundation at 271-5790, or email us at info@rochestereducation.org

 

  

 

 

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What is the FAFSA?

  • FAFSA is an online form that asks for financial information about a family in order to determine whether a student is in need of help paying for college. Most students who fill out the FAFSA are eligible for some amount of aid, so it is important to get it done.
  • Filling out the FAFSA takes around an hour but it isn’t always easy. That’s where FAFSA Fest comes in! We’re offering students and families free professional assistance to make sure students get as much financial aid as possible.
  • The FAFSA is available at www.FAFSA.ED.gov.

Faces of FAFSA Fest

Geovonie P.

Geovonie P.
Monroe High '16

I'm not sure how it's going to be at college. Is it going to be hard? How am I going to meet people? I'm a little nervous but I'm really excited to find out.

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Who and Why?

  • FAFSA Fest is open to anyone who needs help filing a FAFSA!
  • Filing a FAFSA is the easiest and most important way to get money for college. The FAFSA must be completed every year that a student is attending to college.
  • Filing early is important as financial aid is distributed on a “first come, first serve” basis AND programs such as the New York State Education Opportunity Program and Higher Education Opportunity Program fill up quickly.
  • FAFSA forms need to be submitted every year you are in college.

Faces of FAFSA Fest

Julisa M.

Julisa M.
Wilson High '16

I am a senior at Wilson High and my goal is to work on the next generation of video games. The financial aid I receive by filing my FAFSA at FAFSA Fest will help make that dream a reality.

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When and Where?

 

FAFSA Fest events for 2016-2017 school year: 

December 1, REOC, 161 Chestnut St., Rochester, NY 14604, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Jan 18th, Wheatley Library, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester 14608

Jan. 29th, East High College Goal Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 1801 E. Main St., Rochester, NY 14609

Feb. 7th, Wilson High School, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 501 Genesee St., Rochester 14611

Feb 11th, Frderick Douglass Rec Center, noon - 2:00 pm, 999 South Ave., Rochester 14620

Feb 21st, Maplewood Library, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 1111 Dewey Ave., Rochester 14613

March 4th, Franklin High School Campus, noon - 2:00 pm, 950 Norton St., Rochester, NY 14621. 

 

 

Faces of FAFSA Fest

Shakirah H.

Shakirah H.
Northeast College Prep '16

I want to attend the Air Force Academy. It would be a great opportunity for a person like me to give back to this great country.

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What do I need to bring?

  • A parent. It is important to have a parent on hand to file the FAFSA. If a parent is unavailable or does not file taxes, our FAFSA Fest professionals will assist you as best as they can.
  • Your parent must bring his or her 2015 Federal and NYS tax returns and social secruity number of parents and students.

Faces of FAFSA Fest

Karrington M.

Karrington M.
World of Inquiry School '16

I am a senior at Wilson High and my goal is to work on the next generation of video games. The financial aid I receive by filing my FAFSA at FAFSA Fest will help make that dream a reality.

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What else do I need to know?

  • The FAFSA is safe. FAFSA is an application that helps students find money for college, overseen by the U.S. Department of Education. Students need to provide social security numbers and other sensitive information, but this information is only used to determine how much aid a student may need. Providing financial information for the FAFSA does not change any benefits you currently receive.
  • Each student will need an FSA ID to fill out the FAFSA. Obtaining an FSA ID before the events will speed up the application process but an ID can be created the day of the event. To get an FSA ID, visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/.
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Where can I get more information?

More information is available by visiting the Federal Student Aid website- check out their information sheets, videos, tutorials, and more

FAFSA Fest 2016-2017 Sponsors

Sponsors of FAFSA Fest 2016 are the City of Rochester, ConServe, Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation, College Goal NY, ESL Charitable Foundation,  McGowan, MCC Foundation, NYS Financial Aid Administrators Assoc., Oppenheimer Funds, Paychex, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, REOC, Rochester City School District, Rochester Education Foundation, The Community Foundation, WDKX, and WROC-TV.