What is FAFSA Fest?

FAFSA Fest is an annual series of free events that brings local volunteers to locations around the city to help students and families complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online, answer financial aid questions, and provide individual counseling for understanding college costs. Food and refreshments will be provided, and there is no need to pre-register. Volunteers include financial aid counselors from local colleges. All students are welcome! Assistance for special circumstances will be available.

We encourage graduating college-bound seniors to attend a FAFSA event with their parents. Families will receive free wrap-around assistance with the Free Application for Student Aid with the support of trained FAFSA volunteers.

If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled events and you still need assistance, please contact RCAN's Director of College Access programs, Janeé Slade via email at janee@rochestereducation.org.

Upcoming FAFSA Fest Events

We are excited to announce the following in-school FAFSA Fest events at a Rochester City school near you.

Please note, some schools are still in the process of scheduling dates. This list will be updated periodically.


  • FAFSA Fest Poster Monroe
    February 8 2024, 12:30-5 pm
  • Wilson
    February 15 2024, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • East
        January 11 2024, 2:30-5:30 pm 
  • SWW
    January 17 2024, 4-7 pm
  • Northeast
    January 24 2024, 9 am-12 pm
  • Franklin
    January 31 2024, 4-6 pm
  • Edison
    February 13 2024, 3-5 pm
  • SOTA
    March 7 2024, 3:30pm-6:30 pm
  • Rochester Early College
    February 29, 2024  3p-5pm 
  • School 58
    January 25 2024, 5-7pm

Community Wide FAFSA Events

New Progressive Cathedral @ 384 Chili Ave Rochester, NY 14611

January 20, 2024 11am-3pm

Hillside Work Scholarship @ 1 Mustard St 14608

February 28 2024, 3:30-6pm 
Monroe Community College Financial Aid Day @ Admissions Office
February 3, 2024 10am-1pm 




Charter Schools

  • FAFSA Fest Poster (Spanish)Vertus
    March 5 2024, 4-6 pm
  • Rochester Prep
    January 18 2024, 4-7 pm
  • Eugenio Maria De Hostos
  • RACS
    February 1, 2024 3-6 pm
  • Uprep
    February 7, 2024 6pm-7:30
  • YWCP
    January 18, 2024 10am-12pm 

What to Bring to FAFSA Fest

Click here for all the details!

Get Your FSA ID First!

Your FSA ID is required in order to complete the FAFSA. Taking care of this important step ahead of FAFSA Fest will help things go smoothly. Click here for step-by-step instructions.