BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Parish School System helped students prepare for college with a district-wide FAFSA night. The initiative is to get more EBR School students on track for paying for college.
Tara High School senior Chandrika Goods is getting ready for college.
“I’m a first-generation. I was kind of nervous about it,” said Goods.
On Wednesday, she spent her evening with many classmates filling out Free Application for Federal Student Aid to help pay for school.
“I really appreciate it because I know some people don’t get this opportunity,” said Goods.
“Last year you were looking at a school that probably had only 20 to 30 percent of folks’ FAFSA. They’ve already doubled that just from looking in this room,” said East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse.
District leaders said they decided to make it easier for everyone, considering the barriers some of their students face.
“One of those barriers that many of our students and families experience is financial aid. Having the fiscal resources to secure their next steps in life. So tonight we wanted to come out swinging as a district,” said East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Executive Director for School Leadership Larry James.
“Applying for college is not difficult. A lot of kids don’t come from families that have done that before so tonight is important because we’re kind of making that bridge for them,” said Tara High School’s Principal John Hayman.
Parents were able to ask questions and get insight into the process of preparing students for college life.
“It’s an opportunity to sit down with our daughter and find out exactly what we need to do to make sure we’re ready for the next level,” said parent Kumasi Mants.
The event was held at each high school and was mandatory for seniors to attend. Along with help filling out the documents, students received information about colleges and other resources.