ICAN Senior Alert: Don't miss out on financial help to attend college!

ICAN Senior Alert: Don't miss out on financial help to attend college!
Posted on 09/18/2017
Money Tree

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2018-19 school year will open up on October 1. The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process, and gives students access to need-based aid and federal student loans. 



Scholarship Options

After you’ve filed your FAFSA, you should start looking into different scholarship opportunities. 

  • Colleges and universities that you’re applying to,
  • Local applications that your school counselor will have: http://tinyurl.com/n63dtvm 
  • Online scholarship databases - ICAN Scholarship Database
  • State of Iowa Scholarship Application - www.iowacollegeaid.gov.

A lot of deadlines for scholarships and other aid will start coming up in the fall semester, so make sure to stay on top of the process!


Get an FSA ID
The FAFSA form won’t be available until October 1st, but you can set up your username and password for the FAFSA now. Visit https://.fsaid.ed.gov to set up your username and password. 

  • You as the student will need an ID
  • One of your parents will need an ID
  • If your parents have filed the FAFSA for an older sibling, they might already have their FSA ID.
  • Make sure that you write down your username and password after you set it up, and keep it in a safe place so that you can find it when you’re ready to file the FAFSA!
  • Learn more about the FSA ID Process - www.icansucceed.org/fsaid.

As you start to think about financial aid, don’t forget to fill out those applications for admission! We recommend applying to 2-5 different schools, and submitting your applications before November 1.


The ICAN Team

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