Metro schools in a FAFSA frenzy

fafsa_frenzy_finalMetro schools are in a FAFSA frenzy. Literally. As part of statewide effort to help Tennessee students complete the Free Application for Student Aid application early, many Metro high schools are hosting FAFSA Frenzy events throughout the fall semester.

Fall 2016 marks the first time the FAFSA was available in October instead of having to wait until January. Counselors are taking advantage of the revised FAFSA timeline to get the word out, according to Nicole Cobb, executive director of school counseling for Metro Schools.

Here's a look at the changes for the FAFSA for those seeking college financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year:


Nashville Big Picture High School hosted a Financial Night on Tues., Sept. 27 for all its seniors.

"Mr. Jason Seay from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation was our speaker for the evening.  The evening event was well attended by students and parents.  He presented students and parents a wealth of information re: the changes with FAFSA and its importance," said Courtney Ivy, a Nashville Big Picture High School counselor. "I also extended the opportunity for parents to make individual appointments with me to assist in completing the FAFSA application. As a follow-up, I am meeting with students individually re: their FAFSA and TNPromise completion."

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High school is hosting a drop-in FAFSA workshop on Mon., Oct. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Counselors will be available to help students and parents complete the FAFSA.

"Sometimes its difficult for parents to schedule a long meeting but they can schedule a quick meeting to get help and move on, " said Connie Hensley, college and career counselor at Pearl-Cohn High School.  "We're hoping to have a great event."

Ask your school counselor about the changes to the FAFSA and check out some of the FAFSA Frenzy events that have happened or may occur in the future:

  • Cane Ridge: Wed., Oct. 26, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Cane Ridge High School Library. Parents and students can complete the FAFSA with assistance from representatives from TSAC, the OASIS center and Cane Ridge counselors.
  • East Nashville: East Nashville Magnet High School has its annual FAFSA Presentation Night with Jason Seay from the TSAC Corporation on Thurs., Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
  • Glencliff: The school served dinner and held FAFSA nights for students and families on Thurs., Oct. 13 and Tues., Oct. 19, from 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. in the Glencliff Library.
  • Hillsboro: Thurs., Nov. 10, a FAFSA Workshop for seniors from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Salama Center located at 1205 8th Ave S, Nashville, 37203.
  • Hillwood: Wed., Nov. 2, a FAFSA workshop with counselors will be held at the school between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. every 30 minutes. On Mon., October 17., the school also held a Financial Aid night with representatives from TSAC available to speak with students and parents.
  • Hume-Fogg: Wed., Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., a drop-in FAFSA application workshop was held at the Barbershop Harmony Society for parents and students. Other events at Hume-Fogg included a "Gear up for the FAFSA" event held on Sept.7, an "Applying to College" parent night held on Sept. 8, and Financial Aid breakout presentations for juniors and seniors held on Sept. 15.
  • Hunters Lane:  Thurs., Oct. 13, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. the school held a FAFSA workshop.
  • McGavock: McGavock High School had its FAFSA night on Thurs., Oct. 20. Academy partner Deloitte along with community volunteers, were on hand to help families sign up for the FAFSA. Deloitte also sponsored pizza for the families in attendance.
  • Overton: Tues., Oct. 25, beginning at 5 p.m., a College Info Session will be held, followed by FAFSA Assistance and free Jet's Pizza from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Pearl-Cohn:  Mon., Oct. 24, a FAFSA workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The event is a drop-in workshop where all counselors will be available to help students and parents complete their FAFSA, including Jason Seay from TSAC.  Refreshments will be served.
  • Maplewood: The school held a FAFSA Completion Workshop on Wed., Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Middle College: Thurs., Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Suite W-90, the school is holding a walk-in FAFSA completion workshop. No appointment is necessary.
  • MLK Magnet: Wed., Oct. 26. Jason Seay from TSAC will at the school all day for any students/parents who need help completing the FAFSA.
  • Virtual School: Wed., Sept. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the school held an afternoon workshop during College Week for all full-time seniors to attend. Students were given packets that included their current transcripts, graduation requirements, TN Promise flyers, FAFSA details, and more. Jason Seay from TSAC also attended to speak with students and parents about the importance of completing the FAFSA. Several students and parents created their FAFSA IDs on site so they would be ready to apply once the window opened on October 1, according to MNPS Virtual School counselor Adrienne McNew.