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Applying for Financial Aid

APS high schools host workshops to help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Go here for more information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Many APS students would most assuredly qualify for federal money to continue their education after high school if they'd just fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We want to see more of our students apply for federal student aid, which is awarded based on financial need.

High school college and career counselors are hosting workshops to help students and their families fill out the online application. The workshops will be held at APS high schools during the spring semester. Many of the workshops will have Spanish speakers.

Why Seek Financial Aid?

Why Students Don't Get Financial Aid

What to Bring to a FAFSA Completion Workshop

2013 FAFSA Completion Workshop Dates and Times

Why Seek Financial Aid

  • There is an estimated $150 billion in aid available for students.
  • The aid is available for four-year universities, community college and trade school.
  • About two-thirds of full-time undergraduate college students receive some type of financial aid.
  • Financial aid comes in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study.

Why Students Don't Get Financial Aid

The online application process – the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) – can be a bit intimidating because it requires tax and other financial information to complete.

Top reasons the FAFSA is rejected:

  • No parent signature (this can be submitted electronically)
  • No student signature (also can be submitted electronically)
  • Application was incomplete
  • Social security number wasn’t included for student, father or mother
  • Marital status was left blank

What to Bring to a FAFSA Completion Workshop

When you come into one of the FAFSA completion workshops, you should plan to bring the following with you:

  • Bring your FAFSA PIN with you (go to www.pin.ed.gov to apply for a FAFSA PIN)
    Note: Students and parents are encouraged to apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN which serves as an identifier and as an electronic signature. It works much like the personal identification number you get from your bank.
  • 2013 federal income tax return (for student and parents)
  • 2013 W-2 and 1099 forms
  • 2013 bank statements

Other items you might want to bring with you:

  • Social Security numbers for students and parents
  • Driver’s license number, if you have one
  • Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
  • Records of untaxed income received such as Social Security Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), welfare or veteran benefits
  • Business or farm records, if applicable
  • Alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen

2014 FAFSA Completion Workshops

Times and dates are subject to change so please check with the school.

Albuquerque HighAtrisco Heritage Academy | CEC | Cibola |
Del Norte | Eldorado | Freedom | Highland | La Cueva |
ManzanoRio Grande | Sandia
| ValleyVolcano Vista | West Mesa |

Albuquerque High

Contact: Yesenia Beltran: 843-6400, [email protected]

      Feb. 4

      7 p.m. 
      Computer Lab 101
      Feb. 19
      5:30 p.m.
      Computer Lab 101
      Feb. 27
      7 p.m. Computer Lab 101
      March 19 5:30 p.m. Computer Lab 101

          Atrisco Heritage Academy

          Contact: Angelica Delgadillo, [email protected]

          Jan. 30
          5:30-7 p.m.
          computer lab in main cafeteria, counseling center
          Feb. 13
          5:30-7 p.m. computer lab in main cafeteria, counseling center
          Feb. 20
          5:30-7 p.m. computer lab in main cafeteria, counseling center
          March 20
          5:30-7 p.m. computer lab in main cafeteria, counseling center
          April 24
          5:30-7 p.m. computer lab in main cafeteria, counseling center

              Career Enrichment Center

              Contact: Lynn Ramsey, 247-3658, ext. 19, [email protected]

              Feb. 12
              5:45 p.m. 
              media center

              Cibola High School

              Contact: Joe Sena, 897-0110, ext. 40166, [email protected]

              Feb. 5
              6-8 p.m.
              library
              Feb. 15 6-8 library
              Feb. 19 noon-2 p.m. library
              Feb. 26 6-8 p.m. library
              March 4 6-8 p.m. library
              March 18 6-8 p.m. library
              March 22 noon-2 p.m. library
              March 27 6-8 p.m. library
              April 10 6-8 p.m. library
              May 1 6-8 p.m. library

              Del Norte High

              Contact: Nancy Traylor, 883-7222, ext. 43310  [email protected]

              April 3-5
              5-7 p.m.
              computer lab 365
              April 22
              10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
              computer lab 365

                  Eldorado High

                  Contact: Valerie Velhagen, 296-4871 ext. 1236, [email protected]

                  Feb. 4
                  5:30-7:30 p.m.
                  media center
                  Feb. 26
                  5:30-7:30 p.m.
                  media center

                  Freedom High

                  Contact: Marc Davidson, 884-6012, ext. 46189, [email protected]

                  Feb. 13 3:30-6:30 p.m.
                  computer lab

                  Highland High

                  Contact: Pam Joseph, 263-3711, ext. 26060, [email protected]

                  Feb. 11
                  2:30-4 p.m.
                  Computer lab, room 207
                  Feb. 25
                  2:30-4 p.m. Computer lab, room 207

                  La Cueva High

                  Contact: Debra Chandler, 823-2327, [email protected]

                  Feb. 10
                  6:30 p.m. library
                  Feb. 27 6:30 p.m. library
                  March 12
                  6:30 p.m. library
                  April 24
                  6:30 p.m. library

                  Manzano High School

                  Contact: Monique Baca, [email protected] 

                  Jan. 28
                  6 p.m. library
                  Feb. 25 6 p.m. library

                  Rio Grande High

                  Contact: Celena Cordova, [email protected]

                  Feb. 20 5:30-7:30 p.m.
                  library
                  Feb. 27 1-2:30 p.m.
                  library

                  Sandia High

                  Contact: Charles Vopalka, 294-1511, ext. 30011, [email protected]

                  Jan. 30 6-7 p.m.
                  library
                  Feb. 6
                  6-7 p.m. library
                  Feb. 20 6-7 p.m. library
                  Feb. 27
                  6-7 p.m. library
                  March 18
                  6-7 p.m. library
                  April 10 6-7 p.m. library

                  Valley High

                  Contact: Eliseo Montoya, [email protected]

                  Jan. 29 6:30-8 p.m. media center
                  Feb. 19
                  6:30-8 p.m. media center

                  Volcano Vista

                  Contact: Marcella Baca-Dory, [email protected]

                  Feb. 6
                  6:30-8 p.m. PAC
                  Feb. 10 6:30-8 p.m.
                  media center
                  Feb. 19 6:30-8 p.m. media center
                  March 19 6:30-8 p.m. media center
                  april 24 6:30-8 p.m. media center

                  West Mesa

                  Contact: Suzanne Moreno, [email protected]

                  Jan. 28
                  5:30-7 p.m. Mustang computer labs
                  Feb. 25 (CNM applicants)
                  5:30-7 p.m. Mustang computer labs
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