Guest presenters:

  • Daniel Barkowitz, Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs, Valencia College
  • Karemah Manselle, Associate Director, Office of Student Financial Assistance, University of Central Florida

FCAN host: Kathy McDonald, Assistant Director for Network Partnerships

FASFAA host: Katie Conrad, President, Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Affordability is the biggest barrier to attend college. Completing the FAFSA is one of the best ways to make college more affordable, yet Florida students each year leave $100 million on the table simply by not completing the FAFSA — that’s free Pell grant money they would have qualified for and don’t have to pay back.

This free FAFSA training will give high school counselors the foundation they need to guide students and their families in completing the FAFSA. We will cover unique and challenging situations that come up when completing a FAFSA, including supporting undocumented students, students transitioning out of foster care, and determining which parent to include when completing the form. For many families struggling through the pandemic, their circumstances have changed from what’s reflected on their 2019 tax return. We will cover how to help students request a change in their financial aid award.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • FAFSA fundamentals
  • Supporting students with unique circumstances
  • How students can request a change in their financial aid award due to changes in their circumstances caused by the pandemic

Choose from two convenient sessions offered:

Tuesday, September 21, 9-11 a.m.


Friday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

SPACE IS LIMITED, so register today! These sessions will be recorded and available after the live training, so if you are not able to attend, don’t worry. You can listen to it later at a time that is convenient for you.

This training is made possible by the following partner organizations:



Get Involved!

  • Register as a College Ready Florida host site
  • Download the Introduction to College Ready Florida guide
  • Questions? Contact Adriana Pavicic, FCAN's Communications and Initiatives Manager

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