FAFSA Completion Workshops

FAFSA Completion Workshops
Posted on 09/07/2021

During the months of September and October, SVHS will be hosting four different events and/or workshops.


                Let’s Talk College – Wednesday, September 15th @ 6:00-7:00 PM

Typically people hear “college” and assume it means living away from home to attend a 4-year university. This presentation covers detailed information about various post-secondary options and why it is important to start thinking about life after high school. Topics include types of degrees and colleges, narrowing down a career path, identifying a best “fit” for after high school.  Additionally, a portion of this event will attempt to help demystify the college application and admissions process.


Financial Aid Presentation– Wednesday, September 22nd @ 6:00-7:00 PM

This session outlines the general financial aid process and provides insight on how financial aid works, how to

apply for it, student eligibility, and how it can be used to help pay for college (post-secondary education). It introduces the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, along with summarizing state and federal aid programs among other topics


FSA ID Workshop – Thursday, September 30th @ 6:00-7:00 PM


The FAFSA can be completed either on paper or online (or through an App). There are numerous benefits to the FAFSA online or pp version, including the fact the application gets processed more quickly. In order to complete and access the application online, an FSA ID, a personal identification number, is required for both the parents and students to electronically sign a FAFSA and to transfer to the FAFSA form the income and tax info submitted to the IRS.   A review of materials needed to complete the FAFSA after the portal opens on October 1st will also be covered. 




FAFSA Application Workshop – Monday, October 18th @ 6:00-7:30 PM


During this workshop, students and parents will be able to complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the RISE Act Application for MAP, depending on each person’s specific situation. These are the forms used to apply for financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant and/or the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP). Many colleges also use these forms to consider students for institutional money. Individuals will receive personalized assistance during the workshop with computers available.  Individuals should bring income and asset information with them or, if applicable, have an FSA ID to retrieve their tax and income information. 


The sooner the FAFSA is completed, the sooner you and your family can make informed choices…and get back to enjoying all the memory-making moments still in store.


Best Regards,


Mr. Ed Liegl

Meridian CUSD#223 College & Career Coordinator