Over the past couple of months, we’ve shared lots of information and opportunities related to financial aid. Why all the fuss? Dallas County students left approximately $46 million in state and federal aid on the table last year simply by not filing a FAFSA.
So, this February, two events helped area students and families access financial aid for postsecondary education.
On February 15, Dallas County Community Colleges hosted Las Llaves del Exito, a one-day conference-style event for high school students and their families about the college going process. Through a partnership with the Community Tax Center, Las Llaves also offered families the chance to file their taxes early and for free in order to jump start their financial aid application process.
The following weekend was the third annual Financial Aid Super Saturday. Over 200 seniors from across Dallas County received free, one-on-one assistance filing federal and state financial aid forms. Nearly half of the families that attended were able to fully complete their applications.
Ari Solorio, a senior at Lake Highlands High School, was one of these students. Ari plans to attend the University of North Texas in the fall and major in graphic design. “I’ve always wanted to go to college,” he shared, “but it wasn’t until recently that I realized I was capable.” Thanks to a generous donation from Deloitte, Ari also won a basket of dorm essentials (ear plugs included).
The Financial Aid Super Saturday is a collaborative partnership between the Texas College Access Network of North Texas, Dallas ISD, and Richardson ISD, with strong support from many other organizations. TxCAN-NT was created to establish a sustainable network of agencies and organizations working collaboratively to increase student access to and success in postsecondary education. Its members include high school counselors, higher education admissions and financial aid staff, and staff from nonprofits working in college access.
For more information on TxCAN-NT, visit Postsecondary Enrollment: Now is the time to get involved or email Sarah.Jensen@commit2dallas.org.