Studies show that 88% of African-American full-time undergraduates utilize some form of financial aid in the pursuit of a higher education. This includes the ever-popular Pell Grant and various types of student loans.
In Arizona, students are increasingly missing out on these opportunities, as less than 50 percent of all Arizona high school seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in 2018-19 – the form needed to apply for various types of federal aid. An estimated $65 million in potential financial was left on the table last year by Arizona students.
With the cost of education rising higher than ever, it's imperative that all students correctly fill out the FAFSA form prior to enrolling in college classes.
Next Saturday, February 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Phoenix College will be holding a FAFSA Cookout. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and includes a presentation of arts, soul and education. The initiative is part of UW's Operation Uplift, which encourages African American students to apply for FAFSA.
Financial Aid specialists will be available to assist students in completing the FAFSA form at one of several work stations. This is a great event to highlight the importance of getting the FAFSA submitted correctly and in a timely manner.
We'd be happy to coordinate interviews between a reporter and a financial aid specialist, along with students who attend the cookout because of their need for assistance with the document.
Visuals to include delicious picnic/bbq style foods and drinks, parents and students enjoying the refreshments while asking questions and filling out the FAFSA form. There is also live entertainment including music and dancing provided by the Black Student Union.
About Phoenix College:
Phoenix College is the flagship of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. The College will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 17,000 students annually.
For media inquiries please contact Erika Keenan, Marketing Manager of PC, at email@example.com or at 602.285.7842