1. Explain to the students what FASFA is and why it is important to fill out the application. Have the students access the website https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ this site explains what FAFSA is and does. As an additional resource use http://www.alcareerinfo.org/start/educators.html
2. Explain to the students what Federal Student Aid is. "Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of post-secondary education to all Americans -and its value to our society."
"Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting post-secondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. We partner with post-secondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college."
• Processing millions of student financial aid applications each year;
• Disbursing billions of dollars in aid funds to students through schools.
3. Have the students examine the two above statements of FAFSA. Ask the students what they can conclude through these two statements.
4. Based on the given information who should fill out the FAFSA? Why? (There are billions given to millions)
5. Have the students answer the following questions. This can be done individually or in a group setting. When should the FAFSA be filled out? Is it important to apply early? Why or why not? Have the students log onto the Web site to search out the answers to the above questions. http://www.fafsa.com/forms/ajax/fafsa/fafsa-help.aspx?rf=
6. Have the students discuss these questions as a group.
7. A practice FASFA application can be found at: http://www.fafsaonline.com/s8-practice-fafsa.php another practice application can be found at http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/fafsaworksheet.jsp
Have the students fill out the practice FAFSA application. This can be done as homework for the students will need some tax information from their parents. This will also inform/involve the parents in the students collegiate college preparation. You can use the attached Rubric in grading the FAFSA Application. As a note the completed FAFSA Application will contain personal information about the students and parents make sure you take precautions in keeping this information secure and private.8. Ask the students if they have heard about Pell Grants? What is it? Who is eligible to receive a Pell Grant? How is the amount grant determined? What do the initials (EFC) mean? Have the students log on to the Web site. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/index.html and answer the above questions.
9. Break the students into groups or teams have them discuss the above questions then report their findings/insights.
10. Explain to the students that this is free money! (Does not need to be paid back unless you do not finish your degree) When you complete your FAFSA you are automatically considered for a Pell Grant. It is best to turn in your FAFSA in January as grant monies are dispersed on a first come first served basis and the monies run out rapidly. So apply early!