Beacon of Hope Future Centers, Lynchburg City Schools, 5 local colleges, and two local community centers are working together to help hundreds of Lynchburg families explore avenues for financial aid for college and technical certification programs. During February FAFSA FRENZY, a month-long event sponsored by the Beacon of Hope Future Centers, Financial Aid experts and volunteers will blanket the City with opportunities for families to get help completing financial aid forms, searching for scholarships, and completing the steps necessary to achieve education after high school. FAFSA FRENZY begins Monday, February 2, 2015 and continues throughout the month and the community.
February FAFSA Frenzy Events
- Free Pizza and Help with Financial Aid by experts…
- Tuesday, February 3 @ Heritage HS, 5:30-8:30pm
- Wednesday, February 4 @ E.C. Glass HS, 5:30-8:30pm
- Tuesday, February 17 @ Jubilee Family Development Center, 5:30-7:30pm
- Monday–Thursday, Feb 2-5, CVCC, 10:00 am-4 pm, walk in and appointments
- Walk ins and appointments all through February at the HHS and ECG Future Centers
- Call 434-515-5385 to make an appointment.
What Should You Bring?
To complete the FAFSA, students will need to bring the documents listed below for themselves and their parents (if the student is a dependent):
- Social Security numbers & driver’s license numbers
- 2014 W-2 forms and other records of earned income
- 2014 Federal Income Tax Return (if not available, bring most recent return for estimate)
- 2014 family’s untaxed income records such as Social Security, TANF, Welfare or Veterans benefits
- Current bank statement
- Current investment records (business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stocks, and bonds)
- Alien registration card (if not a US citizen)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that provides access to all types of federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and federal student loans. The FAFSA also acts as an application for state and institutional aid in many cases. The FAFSA Completion Pilot Project will enable LCS to track student completion of the form, and target efforts to ensure that many more students take that step. Community engagement and community partners are integral pieces to increasing the number of Lynchburg’s students who complete the FAFSA.
“Our goal is to help students arrive at school each fall less worried about how they will pay for college and more focused on how they will complete college,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Data from the initial sites participating in the FAFSA Completion Project has been very promising as significant increases in the number of students completing FAFSA forms has been attained. The project has huge implications as to the use of data to assist school counselors and administrators in support of their students accessing postsecondary options and having the financial support to pursue their dreams. This work is critically important as research shows that 90% of students who complete the FAFSA will enroll in postsecondary education within 12 months of high school graduation.”
Come to any FAFSA FRENZY event to receive help completing the FAFSA and other financial aid/scholarship assistance. Food and door prizes, too! Free tax filing assistance will be available on site.
For more information visit your Future Centers at E. C. Glass and Heritage high schools.