#CollegeFridays: FAFSA Opens October 1; College and Career Fair Provides Students With Opportunity to Explore Postgraduate Options

Group of students in graduation caps and gowns.College application season is here, and for students in Palm Beach County, it’s also the start of many opportunities to explore different careers and college options for life after high school.

The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on Sunday, October 1. 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.

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.

The School District of Palm Beach County is once again offering “FAFSA and Football” nights to encourage parents and students to fill out their federal financial aid forms, with the help of school counselors and other community partners.

“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.”

Park Vista Community High School will host its “FAFSA and Football” night on Friday, October 6, prior to the varsity football game against Boca Raton Community High School. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to all Palm Beach County families who would like assistance with the FAFSA form.

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.

To view the list of institutions that will be represented at the College and Career Fair, please click here.  This list is updated daily.

The South Florida Fairgrounds are located at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach.  Free parking will be available at Gate 8.

Parents and students who need information about financial aid and scholarships are also encouraged to check out the District’s online Scholarship Search tool, a free service that matches students with scholarship opportunities. Visit apps.palmbeachschools.org/ScholarshipSearch/ to see what resources are available, as well as get information about application criteria and deadlines.