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What You Need to Know About the 2017-2018 FAFSA

The 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available starting October 1. Families with students graduating high school in 2017 should complete this FAFSA if they are interested in federal student aid for college in the 17-18 academic year.

In the past, parents and students could start completing the FAFSA for the following school year beginning on January 1. Submitting the FAFSA earlier in the college application cycle enables families to have more time to meet all admission and financial aid deadlines and explore higher education options.

Please note these helpful resources for more valuable information about applying for federal student aid this year:

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P&A keeps students, parents and educators informed about important news regarding college admission, financial aid and other topics of interest for high school families. Here are some of the popular articles featured in our social media in September:

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Fall College Fairs
Fall college fairs are well underway in the New England area, and students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to connect with  
their colleges of interest.

In addition, seniors should also make an effort to speak with admission officers who visit high schools in the fall. For more information about college visits at your high school, please see your school counselor. 

NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts college fairs throughout New England. Visit this website for the Fall 2016 schedule.    

on October 5 at Waltham High School. Many colleges located throughout the US will be in attendance.

Campus Pride will host a college fair on October 14 for LGBTQ and ally students and families at the State House in Boston.

NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs in many US cities during the fall. Students interested in undergraduate programs including music, dance, theater, graphic design, visual arts, and other related disciplines should consider attending a PVA. The Boston fair will be held on October 27.


All fairs are free and open to the public. Please visit 
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On October 8, The Times Center in New York City will host a college admissions symposium for parents, students and educators. College admissions experts from universities and professional associations, as well as journalists, will offer a wealth of information for college-bound students and their families. If you're interested in attending and cannot make it to NY, the symposium will be streamed live.
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