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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.

Why Seek Financial Aid?

Why Students Don't Get Financial Aid

What to Bring to a FAFSA Completion Workshop

2015 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 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.
  • 2014 federal income tax return (for student and parents)
  • 2014 W-2 and 1099 forms
  • 2014 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

2015 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
  Manzano | New Futures | Nex+Gen | Rio Grande | Sandia
  ValleyVolcano Vista | West Mesa 

Albuquerque High

Contact: Clyde Archibeque,

      Feb. 24

      6 p.m. 

            Atrisco Heritage Academy

            Contact: Angelica Delgadillo,

            Feb. 12 5:30
            Feb. 19 5:30
            March 19 5:30

                Career Enrichment Center/Early College Academy

                Contact: Lynn Ramsey, 247-3658, ext. 19,

                Feb. 11 5:45 p.m.  media center

                Cibola High School

                Contact: Joe Sena, 897-0110, ext. 40166,

                Feb. 3 6-8 p.m.
                Feb. 4 6-8 p.m.
                Feb. 11 6-8 p.m.
                Feb. 18 6-8 p.m.
                Feb. 28 6-8 p.m.
                March 7 6-8 p.m.
                March 11 6-8 p.m.
                March 18 6-8 p.m.
                March 25 6-8 p.m.
                April 8 6-8 p.m.
                April 22 6-8 p.m.

                Del Norte High

                Contact: Nancy Traylor, 883-7222, ext. 43310

                Feb. 18 11 a.m.-1 p.m. computer lab 365
                March 13  11 a.m.-1 p.m. computer lab 365
                March 18  11 a.m.-1 p.m. computer lab 365
                April 6  11 a.m.-1 p.m. computer lab 365
                April 16  11 a.m.-1 p.m. computer lab 365

                      Eldorado High

                      Contact: Valerie Velhagen, 296-4871 ext. 1236,

                      Feb. 17 6 p.m.
                      Feb. 26 6 p.m.

                      Freedom High

                      Contact: Helen Trujillo,

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

                        Highland High

                        Contact: Pam Joseph, 263-3711, ext. 26060,

                        Feb. 12 2:30-4 p.m.
                        Feb. 19 2:30-4 p.m.

                        La Cueva High

                        Contact: Debra Chandler, 823-2327,

                        Feb. 10 6:30 p.m. library
                        Feb. 26 6:30 p.m. library
                        March 20 6:30 p.m. library
                        April 9 6:30 p.m. library

                            Manzano High School

                            Contact: Monique Baca, 

                            Feb. 17 5:30-7:30 p.m. library
                            Feb. 24  5:30-7:30 p.m. library

                                    New Futures

                                    Contact: Barbara Fries,

                                    Feb. 6 1 p.m.
                                    Feb. 23 1 p.m.


                                    Contact: Julie Becker, 878-6400, ext. 47206

                                    Feb. 10 6:30 p.m.

                                    Rio Grande High

                                    Contact: Celena Cordova,

                                    Feb. 12 12:30 p.m. .
                                    Feb. 19 5 p.m.

                                        Sandia High

                                        Contact: Charles Vopalka, 294-1511, ext. 30011,

                                        Feb. 10 6 p.m.
                                        Feb. 26  6 p.m.
                                        March 3  6 p.m.
                                        April 9  6 p.m.
                                        March 18  6 p.m.

                                            Valley High

                                            Contact: Eliseo Montoya,

                                            Feb. 9 6:30 p.m.
                                            March 10 1-2 p.m.

                                                Volcano Vista

                                                Contact: Morry Roybal,

                                                Feb. 4 6:30 p.m.

                                                    West Mesa

                                                    Contact: Suzanne Moreno,

                                                    Feb. 11 5:30 p.m. Mustang computer labs
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