Local students have a new resource to help them get financial aid for college. The Free Student Aid Saturdays Program is under way and will run every Saturday through the end of March.
It's a partnership between schools, businesses and community organizations to help students fill out the complicated Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and the Texas Application for State Financial Aid, or TASFA -- required forms for applying for college financial aid.
According to the Students Futures Project, 90 percent of students who fill out the forms go to college
"We want more low-income, first generation college students to enroll in college and be successful there, says Mari Aguirre Rodriguez with Generation Texas San Antonio.
The program targets middle and high school students and their parents, transfer students, returning college students, and first-time college students.
Rodriguez says the group will host events in English and Spanish for the next eight weekends. But, even after that there will be roving help throughout the community.
Seniors in high school need to fill these forms out as soon as possible this year since the aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.