News Release - Mayor Warren and Rochester College Access Network Invite College-Bound Students and Families to 2017 “FAFSA Fest” Events

City of Rochester

News Release

(Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren encourages Rochester students and families to take advantage of Rochester College Access Network’s series of free events to help families take the first step towards making college an affordable reality.

“Access to a quality education is the staircase out of poverty and continues to be my top priority. I am thankful for the many partners in this community that work tirelessly to make college a reality for our residents,” said Mayor Warren. “Inability to pay for college is sometimes a barrier for some. Making sure that students are aware of financial aid opportunities is exactly what FAFSA Fest is all about.”

FAFSA Fest 2017 will help students who plan to attend college in the 2017-2018 school year complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), answer financial aid questions and provide one-on-one help to understand college costs. Refreshments will be provided. Volunteers include financial aid counselors from local colleges. The event is for high school seniors and their families and for students in college receiving aid who need to file a FAFSA form annually.

Financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis – so it is critical to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. Applications for colleges and universities have different due dates. Many four-year-college deadlines fall in January and February, and community colleges have various application deadlines throughout the year.

FAFSA Fest events are scheduled as follows:          

• Wednesday, Jan. 18, Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, 5 to 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Jan. 29, East High College Goal Sunday, 1801 E. Main St., 1 to 3 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 7, Wilson High School, 501 Genesee St., 5 to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 11, Frederick Douglass R-Center, 999 South Ave., noon to 2 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 21, Maplewood Library, 1111 Dewey Ave., 5 to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, March 4, Franklin Campus, 950 Norton St., noon to 2 p.m.

Students attending the events Jan 18, Feb 7, Feb 11, Feb 21 and March 4 will be eligible for a drawing to win one of ten $500 scholarships to the Monroe Community College bookstore, thanks to the Monroe Community College Foundation.

“These events give our Rochester city students critical help in filling out and submitting the federal financial aid form (FAFSA),” said Patricia Braus, chair of Rochester College Access Network. “We know that our FAFSA Fest events have encouraged more students to fill out financial aid forms earlier in the year, when more financial aid is available. We encourage every city student who plans to attend college to join us at a FAFSA Fest event.”

The number of Rochester students submitting FAFSA forms early enough to be considered for most scholarships and grants has increased 25 percent since the launch of FAFSA Fest in 2015. 

Students who plan to attend any of the FAFSA Fest events are asked to bring 2015 or 2016 tax forms. Parents or guardians should attend as well to ensure that the application process can be completed. All students are welcome and assistance for special circumstances will be available.

The Community Foundation, Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Monroe Community College Foundation, Oppenheimer Funds, Paychex, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), Roc the Future, Rochester City School District, WDKX, WROC-TV join the City of Rochester and the Rochester Public Library as sponsors. Other sponsors include the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, College Goal NY and the NY State Financial Aid Administrators Association.

Rochester College Access Network (RCAN) is a program of Rochester Education Foundation. RCAN is a collaborative initiative encouraging college access and success through communication, coalition and advocacy for students in Rochester to enable students to reach their full potential. Members of RCAN include every local college or university, Rochester City School District, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, not-for-profit groups including Hillside Work Scholarship Connection and the Urban League, and business and other individual representatives. Rochester College Access Network is a component of the Roc the Future community-wide coalition that tracks the work of local agencies seeking to close the achievement gap for students in Rochester schools.

For more information, visit,, or call Rochester Education Foundation at 271-5790.


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