Staff and volunteers help students complete FAFSA.
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA establishes a student's eligibility to receive federal, state, and private student financial aid. Federal student financial aid means grant, loan and work-study money for your education from the federal government. Federal student assistance programs can help pay for post-secondary education at an accredited college, technical, or vocational school. Students who wish to apply for need-based scholarships from the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria must first submit the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be submitted at www.FAFSA.ed.Gov.
The government takes the information you submit on the FAFSA and determines what your family is expected to be able to pay for your post-secondary education. A report of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is then sent to you and, at your request, the institutions to which you have applied for admission. Once you have been accepted, the institution develops a financial aid package for you that may include federal grants, loans, work-study money, and, perhaps, a state or institutional grant. Add these to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and, the hope is, that you have the funds to pay for one year of schooling. If, as often happens, there is a gap between the financial aid you have put together and the cost of college, one source of additional funds is The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.
Anyone may apply who is a citizen of the USA, a lawful resident, or a resident with asylum/refugee status. If you are uncertain about your eligibility to file, please come by the Scholarship Fund office and we will help.
Information on filling out the FAFSA is available in the Scholarship Fund Office (A-121) and on the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA worksheets are available in the Scholarship Fund Office beginning in December of each year. Additional help is available online or at 1-800-433-3243 or 1-800-4-Fed Aid.
Line by line help filling out the FAFSA form will be offered at a workshop each December at T.C. Williams, sponsored by the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. Help is also available in the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria office at any time. We also provide FAFSA completion workshops in January and February each year. Please check out our Upcoming Events page for the dates each year.
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