Join us to receive help with completing your financial aid application! A variety of dates are available to meet the needs of our families. Renton School District is inviting 12th graders and their parents and/or legal guardians to join us during our Financial Aid events!
You may also access or share the events by scanning this QR code for Zoom meeting log-in information & to find out what documents you will need to apply for Financial Aid.
2022 Financial Aid Dates: (Click on date below for the Zoom meeting link)
Please bring the following information and documents with you to the event:
• Your driver’s license or state ID.
• Your income information. This includes bank statements, a W-2 or pay stub, and a past tax return.
• Your parents’ financial information. Parents should bring a copy of their 2019 tax return if you intend to go to school the fall of 2021
• Additional financial information such as child support statements, TANF or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm info.
FAFSA FILERS MUST ALSO BRING:
• Your Social Security Card or green card.
• One parent’s Social Security Number (if they have one).
Money Maze- Back Again this Winter & Spring!
9th, 10th, 11th , 12th graders and their families encouraged to attend as well as our Middle School students in 6th, 7th, & 8th grade.
February 15, 2022: Presentation 6- 8pm, Regular 2-hour presentation.
(Families can come as early as 5:45pm)
April 21, 2022: Presentation 6-7pm, Short version 1-hour presentation
(Families can come as early as 5:45pm)
After registering for either event above, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You can also select to receive a FREE Money Maze workbook in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Russian. Questions? Contact Michele Johnson.
Interpreters available for the event.
- Cost & Value of College
- Types of Financial Aid
- Private Scholarships
For attending the workshop each family will receive a copy of, "The Money Maze - Finding Money for College", a workbook that matches the PowerPoint presentation, as well as other valuable college planning resources.
There is no cost to attend the "Money Maze" presentation.
Interpreters will be available.
Have questions about financial aid? High school seniors can sign up for Otterbot—the Washington Student Achievement Council’s free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education. Access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281. Visit: Otterbot Information
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) opens on October 1st! The sooner you apply, the more financial aid you might be eligible to receive. Remember, you will need your FSA ID to apply. Read more about the FAFSA.
Contact your College & Career Specialist for more information.
Visit the Washington State Student Loan Education Site to get help, find resources, and understand more about financial aid.
Online video links to guide you through the FAFSA:
Sign up for the free Federal Student Aid Channel on YouTube. You will find video links that will help you through the process. Titles include Preparing for College, Types of Aid, Who gets Aid, Applying for FAFSA.
- Federal Student Loan Programs
- Federal Student Loan Basics for Students
- Direct PLUS Loan Basics for Parents
- Why Get a Federal Student Loan
- Paying for College Basics
- Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA)
- Understanding Financial Aid Offers
- Scholarships and Grants Can Help Pay for College
- Student Loans
Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)
- Email: email@example.com
- Chat: click here to chat
- Call: 1-800-4-FED-AID or 1-800-730-8913 (TTY) for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Student Financial Assistance at the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC):
Need help with financial aid? The 12th Year Campaign is offering virtual assistance. Make an appointment today!
From their website, "Financial aid matters. Nationally, seniors who complete a financial aid application are 84 percent more likely to enroll in postsecondary education. The rate is even higher for students from lower‐income families. From an apprenticeship program to a two-or-four-year college degree, education beyond high school prepares students for jobs that move them beyond minimum wage. Even a one-year credential program at a community or technical college can increase future earnings."
The 12th Year Campaign can help you with two important steps you need to take to go to college; applying for college and applying for financial aid. The first step is to file a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application. Register in advance and join one of the virtual events to learn more and to get help.
This need-based program pays full tuition and required fees; and is renewable for up to four years.
The University of Washington is promising financially challenged students a future with the Husky Promise.
A free scholarship search making it easier for Washington Students to efficiently find and apply for relevant scholarships.
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