Students and adults at computers filling out forms

Grayson County High School recently kicked off college application season with the school’s first-ever Family FAFSA Fair. During the event, over 30 students were able to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on-site, as others learned about the process, which is open to all college applicants. 

More than 60 families of seniors attended the event, which also featured representatives from colleges and universities, military branches, as well as local businesses looking to connect with this upcoming workforce.

As part of the statewide Kentucky Goes to College campaign, it was deemed a major success.

“We were thrilled with the turnout,” said district Transition Coordinator Brandi Lee, who along with senior counselor Diane Harned, initiated the event. Lee added that the event was specifically held during the evening, “so that parents could be involved in the process of helping their child plan for their future.” 

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college, since schools use it to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid, including grants and scholarships.

Some schools award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is recommended that families complete the FAFSA early, even if they are on the fence about going to college or believe they may not qualify financially. In fact, many college planning experts recommend that all students fill out the FAFSA regardless of household income, in order to be qualified for nonfederal and/or merit-based scholarships. 

GCHS will host its traditional College and Career Fair on campus Nov. 16. The annual event provides both juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore colleges, military options, and learn about career paths from professionals currently in those roles.