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Students encouraged to apply for federal student aid now

WEST PALM BEACH — College application season is here, and so is the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For millions of high school students across the country, completion of the FAFSA form is the first step toward securing federal financial aid for college.

“It’s very important to submit (FAFSA) forms as soon as possible, because some need-based aid is on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Eunice Vivar, the District’s High School Counseling Program Planner. “Once they run out of money, it’s gone.”

The FAFSA form provides students with access to the largest source of financial aid to help them pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use FAFSA data to determine students’ eligibility for state and school aid.

To prepare students for the next stage in their education, The District will host its 2018 College and Career Fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Concourse Buildings 6 – 10.

Representatives from more than 150 colleges, universities, trade schools and the armed forces will be in attendance to provide families with information on a wide variety of postgraduate programs and opportunities available to students.

Parents are encouraged to attend one of the “How to Start Your FAFSA” sessions that will be offered every 15 minutes throughout the evening.