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Eastside High School Host FAFSA Completion Night Event

Eastside High School Host FAFSA Completion Night Event

On Tuesday, October 4, Eastside High School student services department held their Free Application for Federal Student Aid commonly called the (FAFSA) Completion Night in the school’s computer labs.

Twenty-eight students and 54 total family members attended the help session to complete their FAFSA application and had their questions answered while completing the application answered by Eastside High School Guidance Counselors, a member of the University of Florida’s Office for Student Financial Affairs, and members of Santa Fe College’s Financial Aid office.

The new changes to the FAFSA allow high school seniors, people applying for college and their families to complete the FAFSA form beginning on October 1st, instead of the previous start time of January 1st. They are now allowed to use prior year tax information to complete their FAFSA Application. The new changes were approved last November by the Obama administration. Florida high school graduates missed out on over $100 million in Pell Grant dollars last year.

Last May the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Alachua County Education Compact (ACEC) a collective impact commitment from leaders in business, education, government, philanthropy and the community at-large common agenda for solving a complex social problem in education. One of the four outcomes for the ACEC is increasing access to post-secondary credentials. The partners of the Compact worked together last Tuesday night and will continue to partner together to ensure that high school seniors in Alachua County complete the FAFSA. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the FAFSA Completion Night event providing two randomly drawn $100 scholarships to Tristen Lee and Leah Jones for attending the event and completing their FAFSA application.

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