FAFSA Forward Workshop to help City Schools Seniors and Families with College Financial Aid Process


— Demystifying how to pay for college and how to access financial aid is the goal of a free workshop, which will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay Street in downtown Baltimore from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free event for parents and high school seniors is sponsored by the Office of the Mayor of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, the Fund for Educational Excellence and Baltimore’s Promise.

Baltimore City Community College along with Coppin State University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, will have representatives on site.

“We are doing everything we can to create opportunities for our young people. I want every high school student in Baltimore to know you can go to college and cost does not have to be a barrier,” says Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “The FAFSA Forward workshop is the first step to helping students and parents complete federal financial aid forms, and learn about colleges and resources available to them as Baltimore City residents.”

The event focuses on educating and assisting parents with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, which colleges and universities use to determine how much financial aid applicants qualify for. Students and families can meet with financial aid officers and volunteers to get answers to questions and help with completing FAFSA forms. Participants should bring documentation that includes both their taxed and untaxed income for 2016 in order to complete the FAFSA form.

March 1, 2018 is the priority deadline for determining how much aid applicants can receive from the State of Maryland. A panel discussion on paying for college and the college application process will be facilitated by the Fund for Educational Excellence.

For more information, visit http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/FAFSA.