PHEAA Partners with High School Students to Promote FAFSA®

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Students Produce Peer-to-Peer FAFSA® Videos for Facebook

Harrisburg, PA (February 6, 2012)—The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) posted several student-produced video presentations on its Facebook page promoting the importance for college-bound seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

"We're excited to see this level of interest and creativity in Pennsylvania's high school students," said Representative William Adolph, PHEAA Board Chairman. "It's inspiring to see the technical and creative expertise that these students possess, while effectively demonstrating the importance of completing the FAFSA."

PHEAA encourages students to complete the FAFSA, which is the first step in the financial aid process, critical for obtaining federal and state aid, private grants, and need-based scholarships. The FAFSA for each upcoming academic year becomes available every January, coinciding with the kick-off for PHEAA's annual FAFSA awareness campaign.

"We've used many creative formats in the past for reaching students and promoting the importance of the FAFSA in their college-bound plans," said Senator Wayne D. Fontana, PHEAA Board Vice Chairman. "But this is the first time that we've benefited from the students' own talents to help us spread the word."

Participating students were asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and to incorporate a few key points of information specific to the FAFSA. This information was made available to them via PHEAA.org.

Featured FAFSA videos were submitted by students from the following schools:

  • East Stroudsburg Area High School, East Stroudsburg
  • Berks Career & Technology Center, Leesport
  • Council Rock High School, Newtown
  • Phoenixville High School, Phoenixville

The resulting productions are posted on PHEAA's Facebook page at facebook.com/pheaa.aid.

"We can never stress enough the importance of the FAFSA," said Adolph. "Encouraging students to speak directly to their classmates elevates the critically important role of this document. In many ways, it is their ticket to affording higher education."

Further information on the FAFSA can be found at PHEAA.org, including a listing of local FAFSA Completion Events, designed to provide face-to-face assistance from a professional for parents and students who are submitting the FAFSA for the first time. Resources are also available in Spanish via this site.