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SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez to discuss new FAFSA filing period (opens Saturday), district's college-access initiatives

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What:        SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez to preview new Oct. 1 FAFSA filing period with seniors, share district’s college-access efforts

When:       Friday (Sept. 30), 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Where:      Highlands High School, 3118 Elgin Ave. (Enter library directly off of Elgin Avenue)

Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA, are more likely to attend college and this year, San Antonio ISD seniors and those across the country will be able to start filing for federal financial aid  sooner, starting Saturday (10/1).

In the past, students had to wait until Jan. 1 to file the FAFSA, using information from their family’s most recently filed taxes. The new, earlier filing window will allow students to use tax information from the year before the most recent filing and will give students more time to weigh their college options based on financial aid packages that their colleges of choice are offering.  

                        The day before the new filing period opens, SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez will address some 30 Highlands High School seniors at this event to talk about the important changes, as well as highlight other SAISD college-access initiatives designed to assist the district in reaching its five-year goal of having 80 percent of graduates attend college.

Some of the initiatives and programs underway include:

  • Approximately 30 Financial Aid Nights for students and parents being hosted at SAISD high schools in September, October and November;
  • The recent launch of a new online college-access system called Naviance that allows students to complete interest inventories, submit college applications and search for scholarships, among other tasks;
  • College Essay Assistance Nights in September and October through the Students on the Rise program; and
  • A free SAT administration during the school day, scheduled for Oct. 19.

The percentage of seniors at Highlands High School who filed the FAFSA increased from 50 percent in 2015 to 60 percent in 2016, as a result of stepped-up efforts last year.

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