It’s FAFSA Time!

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form that high-school seniors and undergraduate students need to fill out to get federal financial aid to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own financial aid.

UnidosNow, in collaboration with the School District of Manatee County and other REACH Manatee partners, is hosting a series of online workshops where students and their parents can receive personalized assistance to complete the FAFSA. The safety of the students and volunteers is our priority, that is why this year we have transitioned the workshops to an online format. The first online FAFSA workshop was held on October 3 and it was a success! Ten trained volunteers assisted eleven students from various schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The upcoming workshops will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on:

  • October 13, 20, and 27
  • November 3, 10, and 17
  • December 1

Students and parents in need of help to complete the FAFSA can attend any of the sessions by following this link.

Those who are interested in volunteering should visit this site.

If you have questions, please contact Esther Garcia, Education Coordinator, at or at 941-301-8292.