Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation — College readiness resources!

| September 27, 2022

Hello!
 
It is the time of year to where the focus shifts to current high school seniors and students who are working on earning their GED!
 
AFFCF is pleased to bring you the latest information about the resources you need to help you and your student get ready for post-secondary studies.
 

THE 2023-2024 FAFSA OPENS ON OCTOBER 1ST!

 
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is the name of the application that students who are interested in receiving federal aid and/or loans must complete.
 
Who should complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA?
Students who are:
  • US Citizens
  • Eligible non citizens
  • Who will be studying post-secondary education next year (2023-2024 academic year)
  • Post-secondary education can be either vocational programs or college
 
What if I am not eligible to complete the FAFSA?
  • There are a lot of other resources, please see the section “What if I am not eligible to complete the FAFSA” below.
 
What do I get by completing the FAFSA?
  • Federal grants (such as the Pell grant) to pay for your education
  • Other scholarship offers from your school (this is why it is good to complete the FAFSA early!)
  • Federal student loan offers (though you are NOT obligated to accept them)
 
Does the FAFSA ask if I was in foster care?
  • Yes, a question on FAFSA asks if you were in foster care at age 13 or older. If you were, answer “Yes”.
  • Having been in foster care at age 13 or older means that you will be classified as an independent student. This means that the FAFSA will only ask for your financial information, even if you were adopted or reunified with family after age 13.
 
What if I was in foster care when I was younger than 13 and was adopted or was reunified with family?
  • You will answer “No” to the question about foster care on the FAFSA, as you are considered a dependent of your parent(s).
 
 
Does the FAFSA ask if I have a legal guardian?
  • Yes, there is a question on the FAFSA that asks if you have a legal guardian appointed.
  • If you were appointed a person to be your legal guardian (legally through the court, this is not the same as having a foster parent) who is still your legal guardian when you are completing the FAFSA or was your legal guardian until you turned 18, answer “Yes”.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA?

If you or a student that you are working will be starting college or a vocational program in the fall of 2023, the best time to complete the 2023-2024 academic year FAFSA is during the month of October!
 
Why complete the FAFSA in October?
  • You know you are ahead of deadlines colleges want you to complete the FAFSA
  • You are first in line for scholarships that colleges offer
 
What if I haven’t applied to college yet or am not sure where I will attend?
  • That’s ok, you should still complete the FAFSA in October!
  • You can list up to 10 schools on the FAFSA, so list ALL the schools and programs where you are thinking of applying
  • All the schools you are interested in will have your information on file
  • If you never apply to some of the schools, it is not a problem
  • If you think of another school or program, you can go back in and add three more
 
What can I do now to prepare for completing the FAFSA?
  • You can create your FSA ID
  • This is the ID you will need to be able to complete the FAFSA
 
  • Either create one now to have it ready to use in October
 
OR
 
  • Create it immediately prior to completing the FAFSA
 
  • DO NOT use a high school issued e-mail address (your FAFSA ID will stay with you throughout college, so you need to be able to access the e-mail account you create it with after high school)
  • Be sure to write down and take a picture of your FSA ID once you create it

FSA ID

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ELIGIBLE TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA?

There are a lot of other resources for students who are undocumented, are waiting for immigration processes, or who are DACA recipients.
 
Scholarships A-Z, which is based in Tucson, offers a five week program called Immigrant Scholarship Hustle to learn more about a lot of scholarship opportunities. SIGN UP DEADLINE: 9/25/22
 
ISH occurs five Saturdays in a row from Saturday, October 8th – Saturday, November 5th through Zoom. Students are expected to attend each Saturday session AND spend 2 hours per week writing/watching videos in preparation for Saturday sessions. We ask you and a guardian to attend a 2 hour orientation on Saturday, October 1st (at 5pm-7:00pm) in person. You do not need to bring your parent or guardian if you no longer live with them. Mask are required for orientation, vaccinations are encouraged. 
 
This year’s Immigrant Scholarship Hustle will take place at the following days & times via Zoom:
 
– Saturday, October 8| 11 AM-2:30 PM
– Saturday, October 15| 11 AM-2:30 PM
– Saturday, October 22 | 11 AM-2:30 PM
– Saturday, October 29| 11 AM-2:30 PM
– Saturday, November 5 | 11 AM-2:30 PM
 

IMMIGRANT SCHOLARSHIP HUSTLE WORKSHOP SIGN UP

Additionally, the AFFCF Post-Secondary Education Resource Guide has a scholarship guide for undocumented and DACA students (Appendix C in the guide) and will continue to feature scholarship opportunities that students can take advantage of in these e-mails!

AFFCF POST-SECONDARY RESOURCE GUIDE

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

If you or a student that you are working will be starting college or a vocational program in the fall of 2023 and experienced homelessness within the last six years, the Schoolhouse Connection Scholarship may be a good opportunity.

Please see the below link and flyer for more details and eligibility requirements. DEADLINE: 10/15/22

SCHOOLHOUSE CONNECTION SCHOLARSHIP

BE A LEADER COLLEGE READINESS EVENT

The Be A Leader Foundation will host their 14th annual Taking Steps Towards College Success Event on Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 8:30 am-11:30 am at Civic Space Park located in downtown Phoenix.
 
This FREE event will include FAFSA workshops, keynote speakers, and the opportunity to connect with scholarship and community-based organizations.
 
For more information please see the flyer and link below.
 

BE A LEADER TAKING STEPS EVENT

AFFCF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION RESOURCE GUIDE

Do you have questions about how to pay for college? How you can have your enrollment fee paid for? Whether you need to pay a housing deposit to live on campus?
 
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) has a digital Post-Secondary Education Resource Guide!
 
It contains information about college readiness, financial resources for paying for college, on-campus support organizations, enrollment checklists, and more!
 
All of the links and e-mail addresses in the guide are clickable.
 
Click the below image to download the guide from AFFCF’s website!
 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Erika Klotz
Post-Secondary Program Coordinator
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
(602) 775-5786

 

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