College Access Fairfax offers eight different workshops throughout the school year. Each is described below. Details of dates & locations and the ability to register for each workshop can be found on our Calendar page. There is no cost associated with any of our workshops and students & parents are welcomed to attend any location. We do, however, ask you to register in advance.
Middle School Financial Awareness Program
This program is designed for middle and elementary school parents to give them a “30,000 feet” view of the basics of post-secondary education, college savings plans and the resources available through FCPS. This program will be held in each of the FCPS areas and will be held in the spring.
Scholarships 101 is an hour long overview of the scholarship application process. Learn how to search, apply and find scholarships and tips for a successful scholarship application.
Understanding Your Award Letter
An overview of college financial award letters, including the parts of various financial awards, tools to use to assess different offers, and other considerations to take into account when making a decision. Please note that we will not address specific awards or financial circumstances.
FAFSA Completion Workshops are offered on multiple Saturdays and some weekday evenings from October through February at high schools throughout Fairfax County. Parents and students who bring the required documents to the workshop receive one-on-one assistance completing and submitting the FAFSA online. Spanish and Korean translation is available on request.
Financial Aid Nights
Financial Aid Nights are sponsored by individual high schools in Fairfax County and are not part of the College Access Fairfax programs. For more information about these, programs, please contact the individual schools. These programs are open to all students and parents and you may attend any session, not just the one at your child’s school.
Paying for College
This program is designed to give a 30,000 foot view of the financial aid process. Topics to be covered include the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), types of financial aid, scholarships, loans, definitions of frequently used terms, and timelines. Material is provided for additional resources. This program is designed for underclassmen.
FAFSA Line By Line
This program is designed for seniors and parents of seniors who will be attending college in the fall of 2018.
This is not a FAFSA completion event (where counselors can help you individually complete the FAFSA), but rather an explanation of what information is needed for each line of the FAFSA. FAFSA completion events will be held from October through February of 2018.
While we will have a question and answer period, we will not be able to address individual questions at this presentation.
We strongly recommend that you attend one of the FAFSA Line by Line workshops before you attend the CSS Profile workshop, unless you are already familiar with the FAFSA. We will not have time at the CSS Profile workshop to define and explain the terms and process of the FAFSA, much of which is needed to understand the CSS Profile.
This program is designed for seniors and parents of seniors who have applied to a school which requires the CSS profile. Not all schools require this form.
The CSS/Financial Aid Profile (often written as CSS PROFILE), short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an application distributed by the College Board in the United States allowing college students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA.
The CSS Profile asks questions about the financial status of the student and the student’s parents. The information the student gives in the CSS Profile is then sent to colleges or universities that the student specifies.
Along with the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is the most common financial aid application that students in the United States fill out.
Each CSS Profile costs a fee, varying from year to year.