Friday, January 21, 2022
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the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) launched an extensive awareness campaign aimed at securing more financial aid for senior graduates interested in attending college.
This week, RISLA announced that it has scheduled two virtual Q&A forums in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Education, to be held on January 20 (in English) at 5:00 p.m. and January 27 (in Spanish). ) at 4:00 PM.
Free registration is available at collegeplanningcenter.org.
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The campaign’s goal is to increase the completion rate of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is the gateway to free federal and college grants and federal loans.
“Over the past few years, our FAFSA completion rate has been among the best in the country and we hope to replicate that positive response. To help high school guidance counselors, our college planning center has developed a large-scale campaign scale that provides students with the tools they need to fill out forms in the easiest and easiest way possible,” said Charles Kelley, Executive Director of RISLA.
“Rhode Island currently ranks 11th in the nation with a FAFSA completion rate of 32.5%. We would like to achieve a 70% completion rate so clearly we have work to do,” he said. -he adds.
About the FAFSA Campaign
In addition to virtual question and answer forums for parents and students, the education campaign includes:
Newspaper and radio ads in English and Spanish that promote the availability of help;
“How to Videos” in Spanish and English which can be found on the College Planning Center website at collegeplanningcenter.org;
Students and families can text the word “FAFSA” to 24000 to schedule a phone help session with College Planning Center experts and to view helpful videos in English or Spanish;
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“As always, at College Planning Center (CPC), we work with high school guidance counselors to communicate the importance of completing the FAFSA, and we hope that using a variety of channels will help us have a conversation on the board. tools at their disposal,” said Stacy Crooks, director of the RISLA College Planning Center. “In addition, we have extended our opening hours at the CPC Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Finally, RISLA has developed an online toolbox accessible here.