As you help students prepare to fill out the 2013-14 FAFSA on the Web, you might find these tools useful:
The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet is now online in PDF at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/worksheet - students may use it to jot down their answers before going online (on Jan. 1 or later) to fill in the online application.
The FAFSA on the Web demo site is also ready. The site helps you increase your own understanding of FAFSA on the Web and show it to students and parents before they apply. At the site, you can complete a sample FAFSA, make corrections, or check the status of the application. However, when you choose “submit,” the information is not actually submitted. The site is purely a learning tool. To access the demo site, go to http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov. The user name is eddemo, and the password is fafsatest. The site displays both the English and Spanish versions of FAFSA on the Web.
Also, the final PDF of the 2013-2014 Counselors and Mentors Handbook has been posted to our counselors web site at www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov (the link to the handbook is on the home page, under the heading "Counselor Resources")
HarvardUniversity announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard’s president Lawrence H. Summers said, “When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution.”
If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, HarvardUniversity wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free… no tuition and no student loans!