UAFS Hosting Interactive Financial Aid Webinars for High School, College students

Graphic that reads "Rock the FAFSA"The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Office of Financial Aid is hosting a month-long series of virtual webinars titled “Rock The FAFSA” aiming to help high school students, parents, and families understand the complexities of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid,) application and paying for college.


The FAFSA application, which opens October 1 for students who will be attending college during the 2021-2022 academic year, is required for students to qualify for and receive Pell grants, federal grants, federal work-study positions, and subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans.


“Completing the FAFSA can be a daunting task for students and families,” explained Karen Jeffers, UAFS Director of Financial Aid.  This year, the Financial Aid Office will be hosting live virtual workshops so students are better prepared to complete the FAFSA early and accurately. Early completion allows students and families to prepare and plan for paying for higher education expenses, and reduces stress leading up to the start of the school year.” 


The weekly webinar series will begin just ahead of the October 1 open date, and will continue throughout the month, providing both information and opportunities to ask questions about all things financial aid. Webinars are open to all prospective high school students, parents, and families, as well as any current UAFS students and families.  All webinar participants will be entered to win a UAFS prize basket during each event.


Though live viewing is encouraged so participants can ask questions throughout the presentation, the Rock the FAFSA series will also be recorded and posted on the UAFS Financial Aid website along with other helpful FAFSA tips and videos.


To further encourage early completion, all UAFS students who complete their FAFSA by October 31 will also be entered to win one of five $1,000 UAFS scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Sign-up links for all Rock The FAFSA webinars are available here:, and the full slate of webinars is:


September 29, at 4 p.m. 
FAFSA Completion Tools
Get tips on creating your FSA ID, using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and other helpful FAFSA hints.


October 6, at 4 p.m. 
Understanding Your FAFSA Household 
Learn which parent to use on your FAFSA, understand your parent’s marital status and who is in your FAFSA household.


October 13, at 4 p.m. 
Student Dependency 
Learn how student dependency status is determined, when a dependency override is warranted, and what qualifies for a Special Circumstance Appeal.


October 20, at 4 p.m. 
You’ve Submitted Your FAFSA, Now What? 
Learn what happens after you submit your FAFSA, including the verification and awarding process. 


October 27, at 4 p.m. 
Maintaining Eligibility For Financial Aid 
Learn what students must do to remain eligible for Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant, Direct Student Loans), institutional aid, and state aid.


Rachel Rodemann Putman
Photo Credits: 
Daniel Wiggins
Date Posted: 
Friday, September 25, 2020
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