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Assistance Available for High School Students Preparing FAFSA Applications

Texas Tech students involved with Generation Texas will lead the free program on Saturdays.

Written by Sydney O'Drobinak

GenTXperts will meet with high school students and their families starting Feb. 9 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to noon.

GenTXperts will meet with high school students and their families starting Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Texas Tech University students involved with Generation Texas will assist high school students and their families from Region 17 school districts to prepare for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process.

Only 18 of the 73 high schools in Region 17 – which includes the South Plains area – are served by the Lubbock LEARN Educational Talent Search, which provides counselors to assist with this application process, leaving a large number of students without FAFSA assistance.

“Students must complete a FAFSA form for most need-based college scholarships,” said Janie Landin Ramirez, outreach administrator for Texas Tech. “Often, students miss out on these scholarships because they don’t have a FAFSA on file with the college they plan to attend.”

The Texas Tech students, known as GenTXperts, will meet with high school students and their families starting Feb. 9 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Texas Tech College of Education building. FAFSA Saturdays will continue every Saturday in February, as well as March 2 and 23.

Students who want to schedule an appointment should contact wendi.weitman@ttu.edu or call (806) 742-1998 ext. 463. Families also must bring their income tax return to their appointment.

Generation Texas is a statewide, grassroots movement creating what’s next for Texas: a culture of college and career readiness that leads to the most successful generation ever. For more information, please visit www.GenTX.org. GenTX is an initiative of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that is funded by the federal College Access Challenge Grant.

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