Angie Rowe, Sabrina Hunter, and Jessica Elias

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District high school counselors, Jessica Elias, Sabrina Hunter, and Angela Rowe have been awarded a $1000 grant through MyFuture NC to support the FAFSA Pilot Incentive. This pilot program will increase access to post secondary education for all students.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form completed by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for financial aid, including grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and federal student loans. The information provided on the FAFSA is used by the U.S. Department of Education to calculate the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which helps colleges and universities determine the amount of financial aid the student may receive. It's typically filled out annually and is a crucial step in the financial aid process for students pursuing higher education.

This year, in order to help students with this process, the high school counselors have held FAFSA parent nights in order to provide more direct assistance to students and parents in filling out the form. Counselors have also met with students and families in individual and group sessions.