BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Hundreds of high school students will close a chapter and start a new one as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma.
Before getting ready for their new journey, they will have one more requirement.
Fill out a federal financial aid form, known as the FAFSA.
Birmingham City School Superintendent Dr Mark Sullivan said it was a way of encouraging students to go to university and there was money available.
Dr. Sullivan says that of the approximately 1,100 seniors who have graduated, more than 700 of them have already completed the FAFSA form.
Birmingham City Schools have also provided opportunities to support pupils and parents in this process.
“We have FAFSA opportunities in schools, with school counselors and we have FAFSA nights where we give out prizes and giveaways to those who complete it.” said Sullivan.
Colleges like Jefferson State Community College also lend their aid to those who need help.
Financial Aid Director Morgan McCormack said it was also beneficial to complete the form early.
“Some schools give extra help based on when you complete your FAFSA, applying early also helps you get extra money,” McCormick said.
Sullivan says filling out the forms helps parents understand that there are options available.