Let me tell you, growing up poor yet with the knowledge that college was not an option but a necessity, was a challenge. Not because the schoolwork would be hard, but because all of the applications would certainly want to make one give up–especially the financial aid apps. Here in Houston, Mayor Annise Parker announced a bit of a solution for kids who need extra help with all of those forms.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker invites Houston area parents and students to participate in “Houston FAFSA Day” events scheduled for February 20, 2014, with additional workshops to continue through March. The citywide events are designed to assist students and parents with the completion of applications for federal and state college financial assistance. Hosted by five area school districts and numerous community organizations, the sessions will focus on the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Texas Application for Student Financial Aid (TASFA).
Research shows that students who complete government financial aid applications are more likely to pursue college studies. While Houston ranks as the fourth largest city in the country, its student financial aid application completion rate is very low.
“The City of Houston is proud to join community partners in this effort to help students obtain the financial assistance they need to go to college,” said Mayor Parker. “Our goal is simple—to increase the financial aid application completion rate so that our students gain access to and complete college. A college education is essential for our students as members of Houston’s future workforce.”
“Houston FAFSA Day” sponsors include Alief ISD, Galveston ISD, Houston ISD, Spring ISD and Spring Branch ISD. Community partners include the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives, Center for Houston’s Future, Chinese Community Center, College Community Career, Houston A+ Challenge, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Project GRAD and United Way of Greater Houston.
The “Houston FAFSA Day” websiteoffers helpful tips and resources for students and parents as well as opportunities for prospective community partners and volunteers. While “Houston FAFSA Day” will take place on February 20, additional financial aid application workshops are scheduled. A complete list of event dates and sites can be accessed on the website.
For information about the Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/education.
Thanks to Mayor Annise Parker and all of those partnering with her to get this done.