West Virginia GEAR UP schools to launch “FAFSA Frenzy” campaign

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West Virginia GEAR UP schools to launch “FAFSA Frenzy” campaign

With just over two weeks left to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to be eligible for many in-state grants and scholarships, West Virginia GEAR UP high schools will launch a “FAFSA Frenzy” campaign.

The campaign, which will officially launch in schools on Monday, April 2, will urge high school seniors who have not yet filed the FAFSA to do so before April 15. This is the deadline to file the FAFSA to be considered for several in-state grant and scholarship opportunities, such as the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program, which awards up to $2,700 annually to students.

During FAFSA Frenzy, school counselors will work to target seniors who have not yet filed a FAFSA to ensure that they submit the application on time to meet state financial aid deadlines. School staff and students are also encouraged to wear their orange FAFSA shirts and to be active on social media about the FAFSA to help raise awareness of the importance of submitting the application.

To file a FAFSA, students will need the following:

  • Social security number AND parents’ social security numbers
  • Federal income tax returns for 2016 (last year’s taxes) for both the student AND parents
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to sign electronically (at least one parent will need one as well)
  • Driver’s license (optional)

FAFSA Frenzy will occur in GEAR UP high schools from April 2 through April 15. Seniors can get help filing the FAFSA by reaching out to their school’s counselor and/or their school’s GEAR UP site coordinator.

To file the FAFSA, visit fafsa.gov.