Resources for Education Professionals

According to our post-event surveys, students and parents cited school counselors and advisors as their primary source of information related to the FAFSA.

To help you continue to be that go-to source of reliable information for your students, we created these resources and tools for you:

  • Virtual Financial Aid Information Sessions: Share these upcoming sessions with your students and families.
  • Virtual FAFSA Help Sessions: This year FAFSA help will be offered virtually. Learn more about these events and share the list of upcoming sessions with your students and families.
  • 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.
  • Social Media: Follow FAME on social media and share our FAFSA related posts:
  • Ask students to join FAME’s mailing list: FAMEmaine.com/Join
  • 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
    • Use your school’s automatic dialer
  • Text Script:
    • Text families directly
    • Use your school’s automatic text system
  • Email Copy: Email students and parents
  • PA script: Make announcements over the school intercom system, at sporting events, etc.
  • Web Copy: Add a blurb to your website
  • Newsletter Script: Write about the FAFSA in your school’s newsletter
  • FAME’s FAFSA Portal: Allows eligible high school counselors to access the FAFSA completion status for each of their high school seniors.
  • 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.
  • Financial Aid Appeals: Share this information and related forms with families that have had a change in circumstance or a situation that impacts their ability to pay for college.

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

FAFSA Portal

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. This critical information allows counselors to focus their follow up on the students who have not yet filed a FAFSA, and to provide additional support to students navigating the often challenging verification process. For more information on FAME’s FAFSA Portal, please contact Mila Tappan.

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 aks that you share Steps to Appeal a Financial Aid Offer with students and families to help them appeal their financial aid offer.