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Are You Aware of the Changes to the FAFSA?

October 1st marked the beginning of the new filing period for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The filing period previously began on January 1st; however this will be a permanent change, enabling students to submit a FAFSA as early as October 1st every year.

 The change creates a better alignment between the financial aid and the college application processes, to provide more certainty for students. It means they will not have to estimate income information, and it allows more time for students and parents to explore and understand financial aid options before state and school deadlines.

Additionally, beginning this year, students are required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 information. Since 2015 taxes are already completed, students and parents won’t need to estimate tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it.

Check out our President and CEO, Bonnie Sutton, on Channel 13 (WVEC) discussing the changes! http://www.13newsnow.com/news/education/navigating-changes-to-the-fafsa/328853705

Bonnie and our Program Director, Cheryl Jones, also appeared on HearSay with Cathy Lewis to discuss the changes. The full episode is available here: http://www.hearsay.org/post/Future-of-FAFSA.aspx

Our First Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation Scholar!

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation and their unwavering support, ACCESS established a $25,000 scholarship to be awarded to one Scholar each year.

We awarded the scholarship for the first time at this year’s Scholarship Awards Luncheon to Israel Guerrero, a Churchland High School graduate. He will receive $6,250 annually for four years, for a total scholarship amount of $25,000. Israel will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.

Congratulations, Israel and thank you again to the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation for your continued support! Learn more about our partnership with CBWCF here.

Two ACCESS Scholars Attend "Beating the Odds" Summit at the White House

Two of our scholarship winners, Destiny Cobb and Tiara Benson, attended the "Beating the Odds" Summit at the White House with ACCESS Advisor Mary Carter Scott on July 19.

         

The summit, hosted by Reach Higher, brought together more than 130 college-bound, high school graduates from the class of 2016 from all over the country for a celebratory event with First Lady Michelle Obama. Throughout the day, the students participated in workshops and panels led by the U.S. Department of Education, author and BridgeEdU CEO Wes Moore and other leaders in K-12 and post-secondary education. 

Destiny, a graduate of Norview High School, will attend Emory and Henry College; and,Tiara, a graduate of Wilson High School, will attend Virginia State University in the fall. We're so proud of you both!

2016 Scholarship Awards Luncheon

On June 24, we proudly honored more than 180 high school graduates from across South Hampton Roads and Northampton County at our annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon! Each student received a scholarship of at least $5,000, for a grand total of $950,000, to help them achieve their post-secondary dreams.

   

Thank you to the more than 650 attendees and to all of our sponsors who helped make our event a great success: Joan and Macon Brock, Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation, Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk State University, Capital One, Mode5, Virginia Tech and Longwood University!

If you couldn't make the event, watch the presentation, along with interviews with students, donors and ACCESS staff on our Facebook page

To view more photos from the event, please visit the album on our Facebook page

 

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