Important financial aid information
Seniors starting college in 2016-17 can begin applying for federal financial aid Jan. 1, 2016. We know the financial aid process is complicated and can be confusing, which is why SAISD has partnered with local organizations to provide a number of avenues for our students and their families to receive free help in completing the federal and state financial aid applications, called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TAFSA).
We hope the information below will prove helpful in preparing you for the financial aid application process and will guide you to valuable resources that can assist you.
#1 KNOW THE FACTS
- Filing for federal and state aid may help you and your family pay for college.
- Submission of the federal/state financial aid forms is the only way for students to become eligible for most scholarships, grants, work-study and other types of financial aid.
- Most colleges require federal or state financial aid forms to be complete before they will pay out grants, scholarships, work-study, loans or other types of federal, state or institutional aid.
- Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis, beginning January 2016, so the sooner students apply for financial aid, the more money they are likely to receive. File early! Don't wait!
#2 KNOW WHERE TO GET HELP
Through the help of community partners, SAISD students and their parents have a number of resources that provide free help -- in English or Spanish -- in completing the FAFSA or TASFA:
- GO Centers – Each SAISD high school has a GO Center, a one-stop center that provides college and career information and guidance. The center is staffed by a college adviser, FAFSA counselor and volunteers who are available to help students and their parents every school day. If you have questions about the Go Center schedule, please contact your child's school and ask to be transferred to the Go Center to discuss the availability of the adviser.
- Café College – This is the city's one-stop-shop for college access advice, guidance and workshops and provides free guidance in completing financial aid applications. No appointment is necessary. The hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.cafecollege.org or call (210) 207-4528.
#3 KNOW WHAT TO BRING
Regardless of where you go for help in completing the financial aid application, you will need to take certain documents and information. Below is a checklist of items you will need to complete the application. If you have questions about these documents, feel free to contact the location where you plan to go for help.
□ Student’s and parents’ 2015 IRS tax forms and W2s or web link into IRS
□ Student’s and parents’ social security numbers
□ Student’s alien registration number, if applicable
□ Student’s and parents’ untaxed income information (e.g. child support)
□ Student’s and parents’ other financial information (e.g. net worth of business, farm assets, etc.)
□ Student’s and parents’ exact dates of birth