Public Act 101-180, effective 6/01/20, requires that starting with the 2020-21 school year public high school students must complete the FAFSA, or alternative application, as a prerequisite to graduate high school.
To apply for federal student aid such as:
FAFSA opens every year on October 1st. The earlier you fill out the FAFSA, the better!
We encourage every student to file the FAFSA regardless of post high school plans. Filing the application not only gives practice for filling out these types of online documents, it also is good to have done just in case after high school plans change. It is always better to have the FAFSA filed early and plans change later, than to file the FAFSA late. If the student or parent is adamant about not filing the FAFSA application, a signed waiver form must be filed with the student's counselor to fulfill this graduation requirement.
Need help filling out the FAFSA?
QHS has an ISACorps Member regularly scheduled at the school. They can help you with the ins and outs of FAFSA completion, student financial aid, and the college application process.
Our ISAC member is Gianna Hines.
Please contact ISAC directly or work with your school counselor to set up a meeting!