Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation — The FAFSA is open!

| October 4, 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 IS OPEN!

 

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).
  • You will need your parent’s/parents’ tax return when you complete the FAFSA
  • Your parent will also need to make their own FSA ID.
 
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”.
  • You will be considered an independent student when you complete the FAFSA and will only need to provide your own financial information.
 
Who can help me complete the FAFSA?
  • There are many organizations that can provide assistance, please see the “Who can help me complete the FAFSA?” section below.

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

 

HOW DO I COMPLETE THE FAFSA?

Step 1: Create your FSA ID
  • This is the ID you will need to be able to complete the FAFSA
  • Either create one and wait three days to complete the FAFSA
OR
  • Create one and use it immediately to complete the FAFSA
 
  • DO NOT use a high school issued e-mail address to create your FSA ID (your FSA 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

CREATE YOUR FSA ID

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA
  • It is easiest to complete the FAFSA on a computer or laptop
  • You will need to know your Social Security Number
  • You will need to have a copy of your 2021 tax return (if you filed taxes)
  • You will need to have the FAFSA aid codes of all the schools/programs you are interested in.
  • You can find the code by Googling the school name and FAFSA aid code.
  • Ex: “Phoenix College” “FAFSA Aid code” in Google gives you 001078 
  • You can list up to 10 schools/programs, so list ALL the ones you plan to apply to!

COMPLETE THE FAFSA

 

WHO CAN HELP ME COMPLETE THE FAFSA?

There are many organizations that can help you complete the FAFSA!
 
College Depot is a program of the Phoenix Public Library, but anyone can call or make a virtual appointment for assistance.
 
College Depot will also be holding FAFSA labs where you come in and complete your FAFSA at a computer there. Click on “Workshops” on their website to sign up.
 
 
College Connect Tempe is a program of the Tempe Public Library, but anyone can call or make a virtual appointment for assistance.
 
College Depot will also be holding FAFSA labs where you come in and complete your FAFSA at a computer there. Click on “Workshops and Events” on their website to sign up.
 
 
 
Northern Arizona College Resource Center is a program of the Northern Arizona University with locations in Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, but anyone can call or make a virtual appointment for assistance.
 
 
The Regional College Access Center is a partnership between the Metropolitan Education Commission, the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Tohono O’Odham Nation, and public and private K-12 schools. It is located in Tucson, but anyone can call or make a virtual appointment for assistance.
 
Click on “Schedule an appointment” on their website to sign up.
 
 
 

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.
 
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!
 
Click on the AFFCF Post-Secondary Education Resource Guide below to open!
 
 
 
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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