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    Better FAFSA: Student & Family Engagement Toolkit

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    Get Schooled has partnered with NCAN to bring the Better FAFSA Student & Family Engagement Toolkit! These tools are designed to encourage and support FAFSA completion with students and families. Keep this page bookmarked or sign up for our weekly educator newsletter to stay informed on new content and resources we’ll release throughout the school year!

    What's in the toolkit?

    Empower students and families for a smoother financial aid journey. Let's make #BetterFAFSA a reality! 🎉

    » Promoting Financial Aid: Resources to build FAFSA awareness with your students.

    » Before the FAFSA: Resources to get students prepared to complete the application.

    » Completing the FAFSA: Support students and families in application completion.

    » After completing the FAFSA: Support steps after submitting the application.

    » FAFSA Resource Map: An educator planning tool with direct-to-student content, downloadables, and more!

     

     

    Promoting Financial Aid

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    Why FAFSA is Important

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    Unlock opportunities! Applying for financial aid can open doors to affordable education, reduced student loan debt, and endless possibilities. Don't miss out—start your FAFSA journey today! 🚀 #FinancialAid #Education

     

    Financial Aid Student Supports

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    Your high school counselor is your go-to guide for all things college, providing personalized advice and support tailored to your goals. Plus, if you need additional support or have questions, Get Schooled's digital advisors are available to answer your college and career questions—helping you navigate the journey ahead. With this team in your corner, you're unstoppable! 🎓💡 #CollegeSupport #YourFutureMatters

     

    Before the FAFSA

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    Creating a StudentAid.Gov Account (FSA ID)

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    The first step toward completing the FAFSA is creating a StudentAid.gov account (FSA ID) for you and your contributors (parents). Your StudentAid.gov account will be used to complete and submit your FAFSA. StudentAid.gov accounts may take 1-3 days to authenticate. Set yourself up for success to apply by making your StudentAid.gov account today! It's a simple and essential step to make your college goals a reality! 💸 #FAFSA #CollegeBound

     

    Exploring Financial Aid Options

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    Completing the FAFSA is the first step you take in finding money for college. Filing the FAFSA makes you eligible to be considered for several forms of aid including federal, state, & institutional grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Make sure to complete your FAFSA!

     

     

    Completing the FAFSA

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    How to Complete the FAFSA

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    Success is in the details! Gear up to complete your FAFSA smoothly. Create a StudentAid.gov account (FSA ID), gather necessary documents, make a checklist, and get ready to submit your application. Completing your FAFSA is the first step in getting money to pay for college! 🌟 #FAFSAReady #CollegePrep

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    Reporting Family Income on the FAFSA

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    Filing the FAFSA will require one or both of your contributors (parents) to create a StudentAid.gov account (FSA ID) and report their income on the application. Confused on which parent you'll need to invite to contribute to your FAFSA? Our friends at Get Schooled break it down for you!

     

    After Completing the FAFSA

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    Next Steps After Submitting the FAFSA

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    Wondering what happens after you file your FAFSA? You will receive a FAFSA Submission Summary in your email. If you filed in January 2024, you will receive your FAFSA Submission Summary in early February. There are a few things you need to be on the lookout for and aware of as your FAFSA is processed. You may get flagged for verification, meaning you may need to submit additional documentation. Make sure you follow up on any requests listed on your FAFSA Submission Summary or directly from your college ASAP!

     

    Review College Acceptance Letters & Financial Aid Packages

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    Accepted to multiple colleges? 📚 It's decision time! Check out these resources that walk you through understanding and comparing your financial aid offers 💸 It can be a confusing process, so talk to your parent(s), your counselor, and text Get Schooled with any questions (33-55-77).

     

    Requesting More Aid from Colleges

     

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    Student Messaging: For Email, Text & Social Media Communications

    If your financial situation has changed since you completed the FAFSA, don't hesitate to reach out to your college’s financial aid office and submit a change in circumstances form or appeal for more aid. Your education is worth it, and they're here to support you every step of the way. 🌟 #FinancialAidHelp #YourEducationMatters

     

    FAFSA Resource Map: Educator Planning Tool

    Use this educator planning tool with direct-to-student content, downloadables, and more! This resource is a guide to help your students complete the FAFSA and maximize their financial aid for college. Many educators find our resources fit directly into their school’s existing platforms like Schoology, Google Classroom, MaiaLearning, and more! Click the image below to access the FAFSA Resource Map.

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