Attend our last FAFSA event of the season!

    When: Saturday, March 2nd, 9am - 12pm 
    Where: Barbara S. Ponce Public Library 7770 52nd Street North Pinellas Park, FL 33781


    Register for our event at March 2nd FAFSA Completion Event


    The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an application that can help you secure scholarships, grants and loans to pay for college. Pinellas County Schools and Barbara S. Ponce Library are here to help you complete your FAFSA! Please arrive by 11am to ensure you have enough time to complete your FAFSA.

    • Interpreters will be available for families needing assistance in Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese.
    • Light breakfast provided
    • Goodie bag to first 100 participants

    What to Bring: Students and Parent(s) should each bring

    • Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if applicable)
    • 2022 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
    • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
    • Net worth of businesses & farms (if applicable) Records of 2022 untaxed income (if applicable) Child support received from last complete calendar year (if applicable)
    • FSA ID (create one ahead of time at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch)

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  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been overhauled this year. Due to the changes, Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced that they were having a “soft launch” of the FAFSA. During this time, the FAFSA has opened but it is also being closed periodically for maintenance and updates. It is expected that the soft launch will last until the end of January when it is anticipated that it will be up to full functionality. 

    We will have events throughout January and February. You may wish to attend one of our later events after the soft launch concludes to avoid the possibility of it being unavailable. 

    In the meantime, please review the FAFSA Checklist to determine who needs to contribute to the FAFSA and will need an FSA ID as well as what documents you need to have a successful FAFSA submission. Once you determine who needs an FSA ID, go to Create an Account to get started.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application you complete to receive financial aid from the federal government, such as grants, work-study opportunities, and loans.

    As a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act, there are big changes in store for the 2024-25 FAFSA. Changes include:

    • A later application opening date. The application will not open until sometime in December.
    • The number of questions on the application has significantly decreased.
    • More students should be eligible for Pell Grants. 

    Learn about Financial Aid Presentations - Coming Soon

    Check back for more details and upcoming events.

    Please review the information below:  

FAQs on the Better FAFSA

  • Q. What is the Better FAFSA?

  • Q: When will the 2024-25 FAFSA open?

  • Q: Why is the form opening in December instead of the standard October 1 date?

  • Q: This new process is being referred to as “FAFSA Simplification.” Is the new form really simplified?

  • Q: Will a student or parent be able to access the 2024-25 FAFSA without an FSA ID?

  • Q: Will individuals without Social Security numbers (SSN) be able to secure an FSA ID to use with the 2024-25 FAFSA?

  • Q: What is the new name for the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

  • Q: Will the number of family members in college still be used in determining the SAI?

  • Q: Will small business and family farm net values still be exempt when reporting assets?

  • Q. What are the most significant changes coming to the 2024-25 FAFSA form?

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