Attention Seward Seniors, Parents & Community:
Completing your FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process for college or vocational school. Not only is it used to qualify for federal financial aid, but also for state and institutional aid as well as many merit-based awards. Students of all income levels can benefit from filing a FAFSA. In addition, the FAFSA is the application for the Alaska Performance Scholarship. If your student qualifies, they must fill out the FAFSA and send it to an Alaskan school in order to receive their award. More information on the Alaska Performance Scholarship can be found at aps.alaska.gov.
Students planning to attend a University of Alaska school (including KPC) should be aware that their financial aid priority deadline is February 15th, 2014. If students are planning to apply for UA foundation scholarships, they are encouraged to submit their admission application, scholarship application and FAFSA by this date. This is typical for universities – check your school’s website for your institutional deadline.
You are invited to a FAFSA Completion Event called ‘College Goal Alaska’ on Tuesday February 18th in Seward. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the AVTEC Computer Lab, located at 809 2nd Ave in Seward. You are welcome to drop by whenever is convenient for you during those times. By attending the event and completing a short survey, students are entered into a drawing for a $700 scholarship. For more information on College Goal Alaska events, visit www.collegegoalak.org. College Goal Alaska events are open to the public, so if you know someone who is not a student here at Seward but is planning to attend postsecondary schooling in the next academic year, feel free to let them know about this opportunity!
In order to complete your FAFSA, you will need to bring the following information for both you and your student:
• Social security number
• Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
• Driver’s license (if any)
• W-2 Forms and other records of money earned (2013, if available – if not, tax records from 2012)
• 2013 untaxed income records including social security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare or veterans benefits records
• Other important recent income information could include:
• 2013 bank statements
• 2013 business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and/or other investment records
If you want to get started, the FAFSA can be accessed at www.fafsa.gov. For more information about federal student aid, visit www.studentaid.gov. I am also available to help on an individual basis, or to answer specific questions you may have.
Krystal J. Garrison
College & Career Guide
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Distance Program – Seward High School