Paying for College can be Overwhelming!

  • Watch the presentations below to learn about the various resources available to help with preparing for college, a career or if you plan to go to the military.  Additional resources are provided on searching for colleges, writing admissions and scholarship essays, and most importantly - preparing how to pay for your college expenses.

    Presentation in ENGLISH

    Paying for College Can Be Overwhelming!   

    Presentación en ESPAÑOL

    ¡Pagar la universidad es estresante!

    Use the Resource Guide below for links to useful websites on comparing colleges, tuition costs, scholarship and financial aid information:

    Resource Guide (English)          Resource Guide (Spanish)

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Why apply for financial aid?

2020 Financial Aid Worshops

  • OCT 20

    Bel Air HS and Del Valle HS

    OCT 27

    Parkland HS and Hanks HS

    NOV 2

    Eastwood HS

    NOV 4

    Ysleta HS and Riverside HS

    NOV 5

    Valle Verde ECHS

    Students are able to attend other scheduled workshops - see the full El Paso area schedule and additional information HERE.

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What's Next After Submitting the FAFSA?

  • Check Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

    Once you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), it is important that you review this information carefully to see what additional steps you might have to take.

    Step One:

    Submit copy of SAR to your school Counselor or Go Center Specialist for help reviewing the information provided.

    Step Two:

    If you have a "*" symbol next to your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) then you have been selected for verification.  Verification is a process for the institutions to confirm the information you provided is correct.

    Step Three

    If you have a "C" symbol next to your EFC, then there is some information you provided that needs to be corrected.  You will need to log back in to your FAFSA account and make the corrections.

    Step Four:

    If you have an "H" symbol next to any of your answers submitted, this means that there isa  question about your answer which may need to be cleared up. Log in to your FAFSA account to make any additional corrections.

    See this hand-out below for additional information:

    SAR Problem Solving Guide

     

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  • Completing the Financial Aid Process

    Once your financial aid application is submitted, please note that there are still some additional steps to follow to ensure the college/university has received your application and that all of your information is accurate.

    See this hand-out below that explains this process:

    Next Steps After the FAFSA

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Were you selected for verification?

  • Provide Required Verification

    You might see a note on your SAR saying you’ve been selected for verification; or your school might contact you to inform you that you’ve been selected. Verification is the process your school uses to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA form is accurate. If you’re selected for verification, your school will request additional documentation that supports the information you reported.

    Don’t assume you’re being accused of doing anything wrong. Some people are selected for verification at random; and some schools verify all students' FAFSA forms. All you need to do is provide the documentation your school asks for—and be sure to do so by the school’s deadline, or you won’t be able to get financial aid.

    If you used the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) when filling out your FAFSA form, you may not have to verify that information. In the following cases, however, your school may require you to submit an IRS tax transcript or a signed copy of your income tax return as part of the verification process.

    • You didn’t use the IRS DRT.
    • You used the IRS DRT and reported rollovers.
    • You used the IRS DRT but also amended your tax return.

    See this website for more information:

    How to Review and Correct Your FAFSA Application

     

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  • Verification Handout (Guide)

    See the handout below for additional information on what steps to take next:

    Verification Student Handout

     

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Financial Aid

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    Financial aid applications are available beginning in October of your Senior year. 

    • 72% of all college students received some type of financial aid​
    • Some scholarships require FAFSA / TASFA completion, so make sure you apply even if you think you won't qualify
    • More than $185 billion in aid is available ​
    • On average,it takes 24.13 minutes to complete the FAFSA from start to finish​
    • The city of El Paso has Financial Aid Nights to help you with FAFSA or TASFA starting October
    • YISD Go Center Specialist and School Counselors can help you!

    How to apply:

    FAFSA

    • Federal Student Aid Free Application
    • Financial aid for students who are US citizens or US Permanent residents
    • Must first create an FSA ID (electronic PIN number) for the student and one parent - see helpful VIDEO
      • we recommend you use a personal email account and NOT your YISD email account as you will need to be able to access it in the future after graduation
      • Use the FSA ID Worksheet to help save your information 
    • Apply online: https://fafsa.ed.gov or download the mobile app myStudentAid
    • Application available October 1st
    • Texas priority deadline is January 15th
    • EPCC priority deadline is March 15th
    • Practice Worksheet - click here for ENGLISH or here for SPANISH if you would like to practice filling out your FAFSA application before submitting it online REMEMBER - this is just for practice DO NOT submit

    TASFA

    • Texas Application for State Financial Aid
    • Financial aid for students who are foreign/non-citizens but are classified as a Texas Resident
    • Download the TASFA Application
    • Application available October 1st
    • TASFA priority deadline is January 15th

    How to get started: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out

    The Financial Aid questions will ask for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances (for instance, whether you’re a U.S. citizen or what tax form you used), you might need the following information or documents as you fill out the application:

    Information Needed for Financial Aid

    • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)
    • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
    • Your driver’s license number if you have one
    • Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
    • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student:
      • IRS 1040
      • Foreign tax return, IRS 1040NR, or IRS 1040NR-EZ
    • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
    • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student

    Keep these records! You may need them again. Be sure to keep all of your original records.

Need help applying?

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    Do you have unanswered questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process?

    Find answers to common questions that FAFSA® filers may have here:

    FAFSA Questions

     

    Do you have unanswered questions about the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) process?

    Contact your college(s) of choice Financial Aid office(s) for more information.

    Remember, you must submit a TASFA application to each university you are applying to.

     

     

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HB3 Financial Aid Requirement

  • Beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:

    – Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    – Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)

    *Source: Texas Education Agency

    House Bill 3

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