Resources for Education Professionals

Free Live FAFSA Help:

FAME is offering virtual FAFSA Help Sessions. These sessions are held via zoom where provide a short FAFSA demo and then provide one on one help to get the FAFSA completed. To register for an event click here.

FAFSA FAQ:

New this December! Students and parents often have just a question or two preventing them from filing the FAFSA and once they have the answer(s), they are on their way. We’ve put together this FAQ for the 2021-2022 FAFSA to help you help your students!

Track Your Students’ FAFSAs

  • FAME’s FAFSA Portal allows eligible high school counselors to access the FAFSA completion status for each of their high school seniors, and also identify which filers have been selected for verification. For more information, please contact Mila Tappan.
  • Download a word document of scripts to use when doing FAFSA follow up with your students.
  • Thermometer Poster: Hang in your school – track your school’s FAFSA completion % and encourage students to file. Posters for the 2021-2022 FAFSA cycle will be available in January.

FAFSA Promotion Tools

  • FAFSA Poster: Hang a FAFSA poster in your school or post it to your website.
  • Postcards: Mail, hand out, or electronically send postcards to students.
  • Phone Script: Call families directly using your school’s automatic dialer
  • Email Script: Email students and parents
  • Text Script: Text families directly using your school’s automatic text system
  • PA Script: Make announcements over the school intercom system, at sporting events, etc.
  • Web/Newsletter Script: Add a blurb to your website or in your school’s newsletter
  • Download a word document of all scripts
  • Ask students to join FAME’s mailing list: FAMEmaine.com/Join

Social Media

Follow FAME on social media and share our FAFSA related posts:
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FAFSA DIY Tools for Families

Many Maine families choose to tackle the FAFSA on their own. Here are some tools to help them get through the process:

  • FAFSA Handouts: Download and share FAME’s most used FAFSA handouts, which can be found here on Calculators and Tools.
  • Videos: Share one (or several) of our short, animated videos on the financial aid process with your students and parents.

Financial Aid Appeals

Students and families who have had a change in circumstance or a situation that impacts their ability to pay for college should contact their financial aid office. We created an Overview of Financial Aid Appeals to help guide your conversations with students and families. Additionally, we ask that you share Steps to Appeal a Financial Aid Offer with students and families to help them appeal their financial aid offer.


Tools:

Phone Script

Hello parents,
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA, is available beginning October first. File the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize financial aid for college. The FAFSA is the first step to applying for federal financial aid and is required for students who plan to pay for college with the help of federal, state, or institutional aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Don’t forget, seniors must file a FAFSA to be considered for a one thousand five hundred dollar Maine State Grant. Have questions about filing the FAFSA? Get help online at FAMEmaine dot com.

Text Script

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available beginning October 1. File early to maximize financial aid for college. File online at FAFSA.gov

Have questions about filing the FAFSA? FAME can help: FAMEmaine.com/FAFSA

Email Copy

Dear [student] or [parent],

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available beginning October 1. File the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize financial aid for college.
Filing the FAFSA is the first step to applying for federal financial aid and is required for students who plan to pay for college with the help of federal, state, or institutional aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Don’t forget, seniors must file a FAFSA to be considered for a $1,500 Maine State Grant.

Have questions about the FAFSA? FAME can help.

  1. Contact a FAME expert
    • Phone: 1-800-228-3734
    • Email: Education@FAMEmaine.com
  2. Virtual FAFSA Help Sessions
    FAME’s free Virtual FAFSA Help Sessions will be held statewide through the month of October. Visit FAMEmaine.com/FAFSA for a list of sessions.
  3. Online Help: FAMEmaine.com/FAFSA
    • Follow our FAFSA completion guide
    • Read our FAFSA FAQs
    Watch our video overview

PA Announcement Script

To promote attending a Virtual FAFSA Help Session:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA, is available beginning October first. File the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize financial aid for college. Many colleges have financial aid deadlines or award aid on a first-come, first-served basis so the earlier you file, the more money you may be eligible to receive.  Need help?  Attend a Virtual FAFSA Help Session where you will receive free assistance completing and filing the FAFSA. For a list of sessions so you can find one that works for you, visit FAMEmaine.com/FAFSA

To promote online help:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA, is available beginning October first.  File the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize financial aid for college. Many colleges have financial aid deadlines or award aid on a first-come, first-served basis so the earlier you file, the more money you may be eligible to receive.  Visit FAME’s Online Help site at FAMEmaine dot com slash FAFSA for step by step instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, or to watch our video overview (available early October) with instructions for completing and filing the FAFSA.

Web and Newsletter Copy

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available beginning October 1. File the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize financial aid for college. Many colleges have financial aid deadlines or award aid on a first-come, first-served basis so the earlier you file, the more money you may be eligible to receive.

Need help? Attend a Virtual FAFSA Help Session where you will receive free, personalized, and confidential assistance completing and filing the FAFSA. For a list of sessions so you can find one that works for you, visit FAMEmaine.com/FAFSA.

The FAFSA is the first step to applying for federal aid and is required for students who plan to pay for college with the help of federal, state, or institutional aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Don’t forget, seniors must file a FAFSA to be considered for a $1,500 Maine State Grant.

Can’t attend an event? Use FAME’s Online Help: FAMEmaine.com/FAFSA

  • Follow the FAFSA completion guide
  • Read the FAFSA FAQ’s
  • Watch the overview video