HFA: SCS seniors and parents - the FAFSA form is now available. An article in the recent New York Times suggests that you complete it as soon as possible: "Filing the Fafsa as soon as possible after Jan. 1 increases applicants' chances of getting the best financial aid packages for which they are eligible. Those who file the form from January through March receive, on average, twice the amount of grant money as those who file later, said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of the financial aid website Edvisors.com." To get started, please visit http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/ for a tutorial on 7 Easy Steps to Financial Aid or contact Ms. Akanke, our College Transitions Counselor, for help (firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 1197) for help.