Every year, the U.S. Department of Education gives over $120 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds to more than 13 million college students, making it the largest provider of student financial aid in the country. On Sunday, students will be able to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA.
More than 14 million students receive financial aid through FAFSA. With the ability to apply just days away, we sit down with Charlie Javice, the founder and CEO of Frank, an online platform tool to help students.need to as well.
Want to increase your chance to get financial aid for college? File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the end of 2017.
Charlie Javice developed FrankFAFSA.com, which helps families get through the process of filing. We are #facebooklive talking tips and taking your questions on the application.
Higher education should empower students, not hinder them. That’s why every student’s education should be affordable and easily accessible – no matter what language you speak, what country your parents are from, or where you grew up. And yet, each year, thousands of children of immigrants begin their college application process with the same question…
The process of sorting through and filling out the FAFSA can be extremely daunting and confusing, and it’s not exactly as if you’re given a hand to hold to help walk you through it.
Applying to college is hard enough without the even trickier minefield of financial aid. The basic government form, the dreaded FAFSA, asks for information high-school students might not know about their families’ financial lives. Even parents filling financial aid forms out on their children’s behalf can get discouraged and abandon the process partway through.
College these days is bonkers expensive. Take my alma mater, Williams College. For the 2017-18 school year, Williams is charging more than $53,000 for tuition. That fee is roughly in line with the median household income in the U.S. – and doesn’t include the costs of room and board.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 86 percent of college students receive aid, and in the aftermath of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irene, affected students may need more financial assistance than they had expected.
“To students who don’t think that FAFSA applies to them, wake up and smell the coffee. You should do it,” says Charlie Javice, founder and CEO of Frank, an online FAFSA platform. “It takes four minutes. You are probably going to get 10,000 to 30,000 worth of aid in your first year.”
Frank, una plataforma de defensa de los estudiantes, dedicada a hacer que la universidad sea más asequible para las familias, anunció hoy que ha agregado el idioma español a su primera herramienta en línea, la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA).