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Sponsored Webinar: Build School-Based College Preparation Supports: Hosting a FAFSA Completion Event

September 13, 2023

Recent research from ACT has highlighted the importance of school-based college preparation supports for students and their self-reported preparedness for college. The greatest challenge students reported was their lack of financial preparedness. One way to address this is by supporting students through the FAFSA completion process. With FAFSA simplification, there are some key changes coming to the 2024–25 form graduating seniors will need support navigating. The new form is being released in December 2023, and the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) can prepare you to help students and families complete the form. Get a line-by-line review of the new form, address updates to the FSA ID process for individuals without Social Security numbers. Review the FAFSA Submission Summary (formerly the Student Aid Report), and learn about resources and tools available from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office and NCAN. Hear  recommendations for building FAFSA completion supports into your school’s college-going efforts.

Update on the Simplified, Streamlined, Redesigned 2024-25 FAFSA | Knowledge Center

The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) released updated FAFSA guidance in January 2024 regarding how to answer the question of whether a student receives free or reduced-price school lunch.

The updated FAFSA guidance is a change from previous FSA instructions for states and districts where all public school students receive free or reduced price lunch were previously advised to check the box regardless of income level. Students whose families exceed $60,000 should check the box only if they meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture income eligibility guidelines for receiving free or reduced price lunch – even in those states and districts with universal programs. For families with incomes below $60,000, this change does not effect those students as they will not be required to report assets on the form.

The former FSA guidance is included in the previously recorded myOptions Encourage training below with our partners at NCAN. Students who have already submitted their FAFSA and selected the free or reduced-price lunch box but do not meet the qualifications based on the updated guidance are advised to refrain from taking any action and to await further instruction from colleges regarding any changes.

Please visit NCAN’s website to stay aware of the latest FAFSA news and/or subscribe to NCAN’s newsletter to have it sent to you.

If you’re interested in earning CEUs for this webinar, search for “myOptions Encourage” in the search bar of ASCA’s Online Store/Specialist Training Exams. Select the correct exam for purchase using the title of the webinar. Each webinar is worth 0.1 CEUs/1 contact hour; $10 for non-members/$5 for members.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the key changes to the simplified FAFSA
  2. Support students and families in creating FSA IDs and completing the new FAFSA form
  3. Access federal and national resources to support your school-based efforts
  4. Identify key recommendations and programming you can leverage at your school to support students and families in the FAFSA completion process

Presenters:

  • Melissa Caperton, myOptions Encourage
  • MorraLee Keller, Senior Director of Strategic Programming, National College Attainment Network
  • Kierstan Dufour, Director of External Training & Partnerships, Get2College, Mississippi

Nov. 15, 2023