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Campuses host FAFSA nights as application period opens

With the window for the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opening across the nation on Monday, Oct. 1, Yuma Union High School District schools have prioritized getting the application filled out.

Senior students can begin filling out the application online at, while juniors and underclassmen can process a “practice” application to help them understand what types of aid may be available in the future as well as get a Federal Student Aid identification number to help expedite the application process later.

Last year, 1,439 YUHSD seniors completed a FAFSA and each campus has set goals to increase the total number of applications during the 2018-19 school year.

“Ideally, we’d get to 100 percent,” YUHSD Associate Superintendent Lisa Anderson said. “It’s something that every student should complete because you never know what kind of aid is out there for your postsecondary educational goals. The brief amount of time it takes to fill it out now, could wind up saving a student time and money down the road. The FAFSA can also serve as a way to open doors for students who may have ambition to go to college, but are worried that it’s not affordable.”

YUHSD schools assist students and parents with the application process by offering the availability of computers and internet access in their respective counseling departments, having counselors available to answer questions, and hosting so-called FAFSA nights throughout the school year.

Below is a list of the upcoming FAFSA nights at each YUHSD campus:

CHS: Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
GRHS: Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
KHS: Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at the Somerton Middle School library)
SLHS: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m.
VAHS: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m.
YHS: Thursday, Oct. 18, 5-7 p.m.

Eric Patten