This year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1. FAFSA is a form that current and prospective college students in the United States fill out annually to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
For many families who might not otherwise be able to afford college, FAFSA can make dreams of college become a reality by helping students gain additional financial aid to cover tuition expenses. The lengthy and detailed application process can often pose challenges for many including first-generation college students whose parents or siblings may not have experience filling out the FAFSA.
Over the next two months, DSF will host 16 FAFSA workshops to help Denver Public Schools’ students and their families complete the application. Each DSF Future Center will host a workshop for the students who attend that high school. In November, DSF will host a community workshop for all DPS students to attend.
At the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College FAFSA workshop on October 2, students and family members gathered around computers alongside DSF staff and volunteers to support them as they filled out the application.
“FAFSA workshops are important because FAFSA opens up the door financially for families that never thought it was possible to go to college because of the cost,” shared Obinna Onyeali, a DSF College Advisor. “It’s a complicated process, and there’s a high chance of submitting incorrect information without the right support, especially for families who have never gone through it before.”
For a full list of FAFSA workshops hosted by DSF, please visit our website at denverscholarship.org/events.
DSF FAFSA Workshops by the numbers
Last year, DSF held 15 FAFSA workshops across Denver, collectively assisting 779 students and their families in submitting 631 FAFSA forms. DSF staff worked with 71 volunteers who contributed over 270 volunteer hours during the months of October and November.