The Austin Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to assist with Financial Aid Saturday Program (FAS) events across 15 Central Texas school districts. These events run from February through March 2012, and provide assistance to high school seniors/parents needing help to complete complicated, and time-sensitive, federal and state financial aid applications necessary to fund college enrollment.
The FAS series is a key element of the Austin Chamber’s regional college matriculation strategy to increase direct-to-college enrollment from 61 percent in 2010, to 70 percent by 2015. The program is part of a larger effort to ensure our region is able to meet future talent demands.
Interested volunteers are asked to register for one of five volunteer training sessions occurring on:
• January 12, 2012: Lanier HS, 1201 Payton Gin Rd Austin, TX 78758, (RM. College and Career Center)
• January 17, 2012: RRISD Technology Center, 7700 Cornerwood Dr., Austin, 78717 (Rm. Lab)
• January 19, 2012: Pflugerville HS, 1301 West Pecan Pflugerville, TX 78660, (Computer Lab F108)
• January 24, 2012 Connally HS, 13212 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78753, (Computer Lab RM. TBD)
• January 26, 2012: Goodnight Middle School, 1301 Hwy. 123 San Marcos, TX 78666. (Lab Lab B-105)
All volunteer training sessions run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the dates listed above with lunch provided.
Volunteers must RSVP below to attend training sessions, but may choose to attend the session that is most convenient to them. Once volunteers have gone through training, we ask that they commit to help at two 2012 Financial Aid Saturday events on the attached event schedule.
Thanks to volunteer support in 2011, the Financial Aid Saturdays Program and regional aid campaign, contributed to 11,277 first-time completed federal student aid filings in the Austin MSA. Based on NCES average federal, state and institutional student aid award data, these filings yielded approximately $103 million in aid to college bound students and their families.
The program goal for 2012 is to increase regional FAFSA filings by 7.5 percent over Q1, 2011. Achieving this filings increase, would boost our region’s first-quarter FAFSA filings from 11,277 to 12,123 and yield roughly $110 million in financial aid to help Central Texas college-bound students and their families afford college in 2012.
The Chamber is working with15 Central Texas school districts to execute 36 financial aid completion events throughout metro Austin between February and March 2012. All Financial Aid Saturday events will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on their respective dates and provide support to students and families who may need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to help pay for college. These forms are the primary conduit for grants, work-study, scholarships and other aid that may make the difference between a student enrolling or not enrolling in college immediately after high school.
Please contact Gilbert Zavala, VP of Education and Talent Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512.322.5644 with any questions about the Financial Aid Saturdays Program and to register/RSVP for volunteer opportunities.