From the desk of Celia Tucker, Academic Counselor:


With the Free Application for Federal Student Aid being more streamlined and easier to navigate, attendance at the FAFSA workshop this week was slim.

I had parents who called and said, “If we filed the FAFSA this weekend do we still need to come to the workshop this week?” No, of course not—you are good to go—was my reply.

I do have to say, though, when people come together learning always takes place.

Financial aid professionals from UT Tyler, Tyler Junior College and The Chamber of Commerce, joined Bullard and Brook Hill counselors to assist parents and students with questions about financial aid. Several FAFSA’s were filed and submitted over the course of the evening but a highlight of the night was the “Financial Aid Forum” that unexpectedly took place through questions, conversation, and exchanging of ideas. The wealth of knowledge in the computer lab was extensive with college professionals sharing the most recent financial aid updates as parents asked honest, heartfelt questions about the whole, “Why do we even have to file the FAFSA?” idea. Having a relaxed conversation about money for college and gaining insight into tools that are available on college websites, all while sipping bottled water and snacking on Cheez-its—it just doesn’t get any better than that!

If you or your student have any questions about the FAFSA as the school year progresses and college commitments take place, know that we’re here as a resource!