Workshop Descriptions

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College Access Fairfax offers seven 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. Registration is required.

Paying for College – The Financial Aid Process for Seniors

This program is designed to help current seniors and their families understand the financial aid process.  Included is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for financial aid (which forms are required, how to access them, what student/parental information is needed) and how the supplied information is applied (determining the student’s Expected Family Contribution, how need is determined, what an award might look like).

View the PowerPoint slideshow here.

Watch the recorded presentation here

FAFSA Line-by-Line (Seniors Only)

This program is designed for seniors and parents of seniors who will be attending college in the fall of 2022.

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 2022.

While we will have a question and answer period, we will not be able to address individual questions at this presentation.

View the PowerPoint slideshow here

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. 

FAFSA Completion

FAFSA Completion Workshops are offered for seniors and parents of seniors 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.

Scholarships 101

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.

View the PowerPoint slideshow here.

Understanding Award Letters

Learn about the various amounts that will appear on your award letter  – the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, grants, scholarships, loans and much more.

And learn how to compare award letters from different schools.

Paying for College – The Financial Aid Process for Underclassmen

This program is designed to help current underclassmen (Grades 9-11) and their families understand the financial aid process. Information provided includes understanding Cost of Attendance (COA), when to apply, types and sources of financial aid, forms and financial information required, and how need is determined.

View the PowerPoint slideshow here.

CSS Profile

Prerequisite:  Attendance at a FAFSA Line-by-Line workshop or previous experience with FAFSA.

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) is an application distributed by the College Board 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.  Colleges and universities are able to customize the questions asked.

Along with the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is the most common financial aid application in the United States. Each CSS Profile costs a fee, varying from year to year.

View and Download presentation here.

Watch the CSS Profile Webinar- Recorded Presentation

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.

Upcoming Virtual Events:

FAFSA Line-by-Line (Seniors)

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Scholarships 101

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Scholarships 101

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am