FAFSA Day 2015

January 30, 2015

At the annual Upward Bound FAFSA Day, seniors and their parents completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and learned about what to expect next- both in the college financial aid process and emotionally as students and families make the transition from high school to college.

The day began with a financial aid and FAFSA discussion with Cindy Seyfer and Alex Almazan from the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid. Cindy and Alex helped families understand the often-confusing and complicated college financial aid process from FAFSA completion through to award letter, answering parent questions and explaining what comes next after the FAFSA is submitted.

Next, Cathy Staley of University Counseling Services led a discussion with seniors about differences between high school and college, including tips on how to successfully navigate college course loads, talking to professors, combatting homesickness, and the cultural implications students might face when attending predominantly white institutions.

Parents also attended a college transition session with Cathy; parents could ask questions about how to adapt to when their child is no longer at home, strategies for supporting college-bound students, and how to manage the new responsibilities for students and their families once college has started.

To conclude the day, Lupe Hernandez of the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) met one-on-one with families to walk them through the FAFSA. Students and parents left the day with completed FAFSAs and a toolbox of strategies to use when taking the next step toward post-secondary education.

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