The RISLA College Planning Center will once again be hosting FAFSA Completion Events across the state of Rhode Island to help students, parents, and adult learners with completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA, formally known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step to applying for college financial aid. All schools uses this application for awarding federal student aid dollars and many also use it for awarding their own institutional funds.
Many students and parents struggle with this form, which contains over 100 questions. A new mobile application, myStudentAid, was launched this year by the US Department of Education, and can be found on the Apple and Google Play app stores. The mobile application is expected to customize the experience of filling out the form based on who is completing it.
But for those with bigger questions about aid, or who aren't comfortable using this kind of technology, receiving in person help can be a huge relief. For twenty years, the RISLA College Planning Center has been providing one-on-one in person guidance to students and their families applying for aid. Appointments typically take only a half hour and the FAFSA is filed before families leave the office.
Assistance can also be received at any of the below FAFSA Completion Events. Take note that certain events are only open to students at the school (and their parents), while others are open to the public.
|Date||Time||Location||Who can attend|
|10/10/2018||6 pm||Rogers High School, Newport, RI||Open to the public|
|10/18/2018||During School Hours||Tiverton High School||Tiverton High School students and their parents|
|10/18/2018||5 pm||Hope High School, Providence, RI||Open to the public|
|10/24/2018||6 pm||North Kingstown High School||Open to the public|
|10/25/2018||During School Hours||Barrington High School||Barrington High School students and their parents|
|11/1/2018||6 pm||Westerly High School||Open to the public|
|11/8/2018||During School Hours||West Warwick High School||West Warwick High students and their parents|
|11/13/2018||6 pm||Coventry High School||Open to the public|
|11/14/2018||During School Hours||Middletown High School||Middletown High School students and their parents|
|11/15/2018||During School Hours||Mt Hope High School, Bristol, RI||Mt Hope High School students and their parents|
|11/19/2018||6 pm||Classical High School, Providence, RI||Open to the public|
|12/4/2018||6 pm||East Providence High School||Open to the public|
|12/3/2018||During School Hours||Johnston High School||Johnston High students and their parents|
|12/5/2018||6 pm||Central Falls High School||Open to the public|
|12/10/2018||During School Hours||Middletown High School||Middletown High students and their parents|
|12/12/2018||6 pm||Woonsocket High School||Open to the public|
Not sure that filing the FAFSA is necessary? Watch the below video and learn why everyone should apply for aid.
If you aren't able to make it to one of the above events, or you prefer to receive assistance in a more private setting, please book a free appointment with the RISLA College Planning Center.