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Financial Aid

Financial Aid is money that the government and other organizations give or lend you so you can pay for college. To qualify for Financial Aid, you must apply. Financial aid comes from the federal government (the largest source), state governments, colleges and universities, private organizations (such as companies, clubs and religious organizations), and banks and lending companies.


Financial Aid Session - Virtual Event


For any student or parent/guardian (junior & senior) that was unable to attend our September 21st financial info session, you may view the presentation using the link below:  


Recording Password: NxJ37XhB

Recording Webinar Link:


(The Kiski Area School Counseling Department hosted a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This was a VIRTUAL EVENT, open to JUNIORS, SENIORS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS.


Mr. William Lindsey, Education Access Partner with PHEAA, provided an informational session on post-secondary financial aid.  Current seniors (12th grade), juniors (11th grade) and their parents were encouraged to attend.


This FREE presentation will help guide students and families through the financial aid process. Participants will receive information to help them better understand the requirements necessary to receive financial aid). 


If you were unable to attend the Kiski hosted event on September 21st, PHEAA will be offering a virtual financial aid night on September 29th at 6:00 pm. Registration is required, the event password is PHEAA.


REGISTRATION for Open Financial Aid Presentation




 FAFSA Completion Session - Virtual Event

The Kiski Area School Counseling Department will host a virtual FAFSA Completion Session

Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm



If you were unable to attend the October 7th event, please click on the link below to view it:

Event Recording Password: Ff6WWXJG

Event Webinar Link:


This free FAFSA Completion Session is designed for college-bound seniors and their parents. It provides the opportunity to get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the chance to ask questions related to the financial aid process. The FAFSA is used to determine if students qualify for almost all forms of need-based financial assistance, including the Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, many scholarships, work-study programs, many school-based awards, and federal student loans.


Federal Student Aid and the FAFSA                   


The first step in the financial aid process for all students applying for aid is the Federal Student Aid program and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). To begin, visit FAFSA online at and follow the 3 step process for filling out the form. You may contact the Federal Student Aid office by phone at (800) 433-3243.

Financial Aid deadlines vary by school, state, program of study and more.  To ensure that you are considered for all financial aid programs, the FAFSA should be filed by the earliest application deadline date for each school you are considering attending. 

For PA State Grant Applicants, the FAFSA Deadlines are:

  • May 1 - For students attending colleges, universities, and college-transferable programs (excluding community colleges) and for all renewal students
  • August 1 - If you plan to enroll in a community college, a Business, Trade, or Technical school, a Hospital School of Nursing, an “Open-Admission” institution (visit for a list of these schools). Or a non-transferable 2-year programs

PROCEDURE TO SIGN THE FAFSA:  The Student and ONE Parent MUST create a FSA ID at  This first step in the financial aid process should be completed as soon as possible.


FSA ID is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online and can serve as your legal signature.

Pennsylvania Higher Education Association (PHEAA) State Grants & Loans


PHEAA serves millions of students and thousands of schools nationally through its state grant, guaranty, servicing, and financial aid processing systems. Visit and follow PHEAA's 5 Steps to Financial Aid. You can reach the PHEAA office by phone at (800) 692-7392.

Here are some useful resources to help you in understanding the financial aid process.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Tipsheet

Learn about the FAFSA and How to Apply

5 Steps to Financial Aid for College

Paying for College: Learn about Financial Aid, Scholarships and FAFSA



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