THE FAFSA TOOLKIT | HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS

FREE FAFSA RESOURCES TO ASSIST STUDENTS WITH FAFSA COMPLETION
FREE FAFSA RESOURCES
FOR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS

We have created these free resources to help high school counselors provide students and families with guides, tools, and tips for the FAFSA completion process. This information is provided to you as part of RISLA'S College Planning Center's mission to provide affordable access to higher education.

 
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KNOWLEDGE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Awards four students every month a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship to help pay for college!

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FAFSA DELAYED FOR 2023

According to Federal Student Aid, the improved FAFSA form will be available for students and parents by Dec. 31, 2023. This delay will affect both current college students and the high school Class of 2024.

Click to receive additional updates: FAFSA NOTIFICATION.

FAFSA COMPLETION GUIDE

A step-by-step preview of the FAFSA form.

Take a detailed preview of the FAFSA form before completing it yourself. We have created a step-by-step preview of each section of the FAFSA with easy-to-read instructions regarding the information required on each screen.

FSA ID GUIDE

FSA ID GUIDE FOR STUDENT & PARENT

A step-by-step guide to creating your FSA ID.  An FSA ID is required by both student and parent.
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FAFSA GUIDE FOR DEPENDENT STUDENT

This guide is for dependent students beginning the FAFSA to invite parent(s) to complete.
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FAFSA GUIDE FOR PARENT

A preview guide for parents beginning the FAFSA on behalf of their dependent student.
RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATION
NEW LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENT FOR FAFSA
The College and Career Success for All Students Act S3015 | EFFECTIVE JULY 01, 2023

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FAFSA REQUIREMENT
IMPORTANT NOTICE | EFFECTIVE JULY 01, 2023

In accordance with The College and Career Success for All Students Act S3015, Rhode Island public and private schools are required to provide notice to both students, parents, and/or guardians with information regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Rhode Island Alternative Financial Aid Form.

 
ABOUT THE FAFA NOTIFICATION DOCUMENT
CUSTOMIZATION

The PDF can be easily customized to suit the needs of each high school.  Available in both English and Spanish.

REQUIREMENT

This notification is required by ACT S3015 to be disclosed to parents, and students, and to be kept in student files.

INCLUDES
  • How to prepare for The College and Career Success for All Students Act S3015
  • How to personalize and edit the document with the high school name.
  • Where to stay up to date about ACT S3015.
  • Detailed information about the importance of FAFSA completion.
  • Where to find the RI Alternative Finacial Aid Application.
  • Free resources for FAFSA.
  • Types of Financial Aid and definitions.
DIGITAL CONTENT
FREE FAFSA PRINTABLES & VIDEOS FOR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS
This content can be printed and posted throughout your school, emailed, or included in a school newsletter to help keep parents and students informed about the importance of completing the FAFSA, and free completion assistance is available from the College Planning Center.

 

 

 

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FAFSA & SCHOLARSHIPS

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SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

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RISLA's College Planning offers free FAFSA Completion assistance to students and parents. Includes an English and Spanish version.

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FIVE MYTHS ABOUT FAFSA

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Learn the truth about FAFSA Myths with 5 questions everyone asks about completing the FAFSA. Placeholder text.

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR CSS PROFILE

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STUDENT FAFSA CHECKLIST

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Getting students started with FAFSA. We created a FAFSA  Checklist to stay on track.

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REASONS TO FILE YOUR FAFSA

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QUESTIONS ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?

Learn more with The Financial Aid Guide


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FSA ID TIPS
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COMPLETING THE FAFSA
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR FAFSA

Money for college starts with FAFSA

Everyone should complete the FAFSA which can qualify students for grants, scholarships, federal student loans, and work-study.

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ACCOUNT BALANCES

Balances of checking & saving accounts for parent(s) and student.

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COLLEGE LIST

A list of schools that students will be applying to.

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TAX RETURN
Printed copies are required for parent(s) and student.
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W2 OR PAY STUBS

Printed copies are required for parent(s) and student.

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MARRIAGE & DIVORCE

Parents are required to provide the date of marriage or divorce. 

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If you need assistance at any point in the college planning process, free help is available.

Simply schedule an appointment with the RISLA College Planning Center. The counselors can walk you through every step of the way, help you access financial aid, and answer your difficult college planning questions.

For high school seniors, it's not to late, we can catch you up quickly with the college planning timeline provided below. 

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