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Posted: October 8, 2019

APS High Schools Host Financial Aid Workshops

Students and families can get help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Billions of dollars are available for students to continue their education after high school through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSAAPS is helping students and families grab their piece of the financial aid pie by hosting FAFSA completion workshops at its high schools.

FAFSA Workshops

Check with your college and career counselor for dates and times of FAFSA completion workshops at your school. The workshops began in October and continue through the spring. Students and families may attend any of the free workshops. The earlier you complete the FAFSA, the better. The process can seem overwhelming, which is why APS is hosting the workshops.

You can also check the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation's website for free FAFSA workshops for students and parents. 

And, the Foundation is hosting a large public FAFSA Rodeo workshop with lunch sponsored by Dion's Pizza on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Del Norte High School. 

Why Apply for Financial Aid 

About two-thirds of full-time students pay for college with the help of financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work programs. This includes financial assistance to attend universities, community colleges, and trade schools. 

According to a 2018 study by NerdWallet, New Mexico students missed out on $21.8 million in Pell Grants from the federal government because they didn’t complete the FAFSA. Pell Grants are need-based financial aid from the federal government. Many low-income students will qualify for financial aid if they complete the FAFSA. 

"Too many of our students aren’t continuing their education because they think they can’t afford it," said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. "We want to show our students that help is available for them to pursue their education and career dreams."

What You'll Need to Complete the FAFSA

Have this information available when attending the workshop to make the process as smooth as possible:

  • FAFSA ID (for student and at least one parent). The U.S. Department of Education's YouTube Channel provides a video with FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents.
  • Social Security number for student and parents 
  • Driver's License Number (if you have one)
  • 2018 Federal Tax Information (for student and parents)
  • Any other untaxed income information