What is FAFSA Fest?

FAFSA Fest is an annual series of free events that brings local volunteers to locations around the city to help students and families complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online, answer financial aid questions, and provide individual counseling for understanding college costs.

Food and refreshments will be provided, and there is no need to pre-register. Volunteers include financial aid counselors from local colleges.

All students are welcome! Assistance for special circumstances will be available. 

Upcoming Events

Here's what's planned for the season ahead:

  • FAFSA Fest at East High School
    Monday, October 17
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • FAFSA Information/Education Session
    Wednesday, October 19
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rochester Educational Opportunities Center
    Learn about FAFSA and the process of applying to college, for students and families
  • FAFSA Fest at the Edgerton R-Center
    Saturday, November 19
    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • FAFSA Fest at the Jackson R-Center
    Saturday, December 10
    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Co-sponsored by University of Rochester
  • FAFSA Fest at the Central Library (in the Teen Space)
    Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


What to Bring to FAFSA Fest

College Bound? Please bring your...

  • List of schools you have or will apply to 

  • Social Security Number -OR- Alien Registration Number (if not a US citizen)

  • If you worked in 2021, your W-2 or if filed, your Federal and New York State tax returns

If dependent, please bring your Parent(s)*** along with their...

  • Social security number(s) -OR- Alien registration number (if not a US citizen)

  • Date(s) of birth

  • Date of marriage or divorce 

  • Driver's license number or state Non-driver's ID number

  • Email and phone number

  • 2021 Federal and New York State tax returns, if required to file

  • 2021 W-2 forms and a list of all other income received in 2021 such as:

    • Child support

    • Unemployment compensation

    • Disability benefits 

Please note: Families are not required to report Social Security Income or public assistance on the FAFSA.

***Need to know who counts as your parent for FAFSA? Please use this infographic below and visit the site for more details.

If you are considered a dependent student for FAFSA® purposes, you will need to provide information about your legal parent(s) on the application. A legal parent is your biological or adoptive parent, or your legal parent as determined by the state (for example, if the parent is listed on your birth certificate). If you have a stepparent currently married to your legal parent, generally, you must also provide information about him or her. Unless otherwise noted, “parent” means your legal (biological and/or adoptive) parent or your stepparent.