Free Application for Federal Student Aid

By November 5, 2019College

Educate Midland is proud to assist our students from cradle to career, helping in every way that we can throughout their academic journey. November is here, which means this fall semester is almost halfway over, and students graduating high school in 2020 need to start finalizing plans for after graduation. For students going to college, now is the time to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic school year. If it’s your first time applying for financial aid, here is a breakdown of what it is, how to apply, and the available resources for assistance! 

What is FAFSA? 

FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an application completed annually by students to determine their eligibility for financial aid for the following school year. This form is required of all students for consideration of most types of financial aid at all higher education institutions. Many students are eligible for some form of financial aid, which is why we encourage all of our students to apply. 

Even if you are not planning on taking out student loans, it doesn’t hurt to apply! After applying, you will receive your financial eligibility, which could include grants from the government or the college you are attending, in which you do not have to pay back. Additionally, you are in charge of accepting the loan amount, which means you have the option not to accept the offer or lessen the loan amount to your needs. You never know what might come up between now and graduation, and that is why we encourage all students to apply now and make final decisions later. 

How do I apply? 

To apply for FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to begin your application or find more information about student financial aid. 

Need help filling out your FAFSA? Join MISD & Midland College during one of our free FAFSA assistance sessions. No reservations are required.

SATURDAY SESSIONS – COGDELL LEARNING CENTER, 201 W. Florida TUESDAY AND THURSDAY SESSIONS – LHS & MHS LIBRARIES & CHS,1600 E. Golf Course

  •  Saturday October 19, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 AM – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Tuesday October 22, 2019 4:30 – 6:00 PM – LHS
  •  Thursday October 24, 2019 4:30 – 6:00 PM – MHS
  •  Thursday November 14, 2019 4:30 – 6:00 PM – MHS
  •  Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 PM – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:30- 6:00 PM – LHS
  •  Thursday November 21, 2019 4:30 -6:00 PM – CHS
  •  Tuesday February 11, 2020 4:30-6:00 PM – LHS
  •  Thursday February 13, 2020 4:30 -6:00 PM MHS
  •  Saturday February 15, 2020 9:00-11:00 – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Saturday March 21, 2020 9:00-11:00 – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Tuesday March 24, 2020 4:30-6:00 – LHS
  •  Thursday March 26, 2020 4:30-6:00 – MHS

In addition, every Tuesday beginning October 29, Midland College will offer assistance by appointment. Contact mcaid@midland.edu to schedule an appointment.

Required Information

In order to fill out your FAFSA application, there are a few forms that are necessary for completion. Before beginning the application process, make sure you have: 

  1. Parent’s completed 2018 tax return & W-2 forms. Student’s completed tax return, if filed and/or student’s W-2 form if worked and did not file
  2. Student & Parent FSA ID—Students can sign up for an FSA ID by going to fsaid.ed.gov

Apply Now!

Now is the perfect time to apply for financial aid. To be considered for federal student aid for the 2020–21 award year, you must complete your FAFSA form between Oct. 1, 2019, and 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2021. Educate Midland is dedicated to helping students succeed, and applying for financial aid is an important step for our soon-to-be college students. 

For additional information regarding the FAFSA, check out the following resources: FAFSA.gov or https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

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