All CMCSS high schools host a Stop, Drop, FAFSA event for 12th-grade students. School leaders help students understand the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, answer questions regarding the application, and assist with the next steps.
Confusion surrounding the FAFSA application process is one of the most common reasons students do not fill out the forms. School leaders encourage all CMCSS Seniors to complete the application to know of any aide available to them. Many colleges, universities, and technical schools require completion of the FAFSA as part of the admission process, whether students qualify or not. The TN Promise requires completion of the application by March 1.
The application period for the 2023-2024 school year opened on October 1, 2022. The earlier families apply, the better their chance of receiving financial resources.
Several common myths surround the FAFSA, according to collegefortn.org. Read more about the Five Common Financial Aid Myths.
For families who may have questions or need additional assistance understanding the application process, CMCSS has several helpful resources.
Help for Families
Email Helpline: Parents and students can email [email protected] where they will be connected to a CMCSS representative for help and guidance.
Text Helpline: Students and parents can text FAFSA to 335577 to receive mobile support from “Get Schooled.” The mobile program assists students with a variety of services.
Video Tutorials: Assistance is available from StudentAid.gov with a video instructional series.
Part 1-How to Complete the FAFSA
Part 2-School Selection & Dependency Status