Race to the FAFSA Line Challenge

D3 NOVEMBER STUDENT COMPETITION

The Race to the FAFSA Line Challenge is searching for November’s Most Knowledgeable College-Bound Student! There are so many talented students out there, the only way to choose one is with an old-fashioned competition!

The Challenge’s Most Knowledgeable Collegebound Student will get the title and the bragging rights for the rest of the month, free social media promotion on D3’s huge platform, and some autographed Detroit Pistons swag so they can rep their city the right way when they’re off to college next fall.

Competition Guidelines: Students must record a 30 second video of themselves explaining one of the following financial aid topics to at least one of their peers, family members, teachers, principals or counselors.

Students should pick 1 of the financial aid topics below to discuss in their video. Explanations of topics are located on the back of this page.

  • Who should complete the FAFSA?
  • What does FAFSA stand for? And when should you complete it?
  • How many times do you have to complete the FAFSA?
  • What items do you need in order to complete the FAFSA?

Note: while we want your videos to cover the information above, be as creative as you want to be!

 

How to WIN: Students must post their 30 second videos on either their Snapchat or Instagram stories and the student with the most views wins!

Requirements: Videos must be posted to social media by Friday, November 16th at 5:00PM. All screenshot submissions & 30 second videos must be emailed to achristopherson@detroitchamber.com by Tuesday, November 20th at 5:00 pm.

Prizes:

  1. Autographed Detroit Pistons Swag
  2. Recognition as D3’s Most Knowledgeable College-Bound Student
    1. Featured story on the Race to the FAFSA Line newsletter and social media accounts

What must be submitted to achristopherson@detroitchamber.com by Tuesday, November 20th by 5:00pm:

  1. Short introduction:
    1. Includes: name, grade level, high school and short description of who is in the video with you.
  2. Screenshot of Snapchat/Instagram story (make sure number of views and current time is visible)
  3. The actual video that was posted (make sure to save it to your phone!)
  4. All social media handles for the student and high school (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat names)

The winner will be announced on the @DetroitDegrees’ Twitter on Monday, November 26th!

 

 

Information for Your Video

Pick one of the following financial aid topics to address in your 30 second video.

  1. Who should complete the FAFSA?

Everyone! If you want money for college, you must complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA makes students eligible for federal grants (free money) and loans. Most state-sponsored scholarships also require that students complete the FAFSA. Furthermore, colleges need your FAFSA in order to determine how much additional money they can offer you in institutional grants/scholarships!

 

  1. What does FAFSA stand for? And when should you complete it?

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of their senior year of high school.

 

  1. How many times do you have to complete the FAFSA?

A student will need to complete the FAFSA each year they are in college in order to be eligible for financial aid.

 

  1. What items do you need in order to complete the FAFSA?

The following information is needed in order to complete the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien registration number (if you are not a US citizen)
  • Your 2017 federal tax returns and W2s (if applicable)
  • Knowledge of how much you have in cash, savings, and checking accounts, as well as any other untaxed income (such as child support)
  • An FSA ID, which is used to electronically sign the FAFSA

 

For more information about these topics, visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

 

 

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