Education Endeavors

FAFSA 2024: A Shorter, Simpler Process

By Laura Arnold / February 6, 2024 /

For students applying to college in the 2024-2025 school year – the government’s application form for federal student aid recently got a facelift and is now available to the public.…

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The Educational Legacy of the Ursuline Sisters Continues at The Chatfield Edge

By Laura Arnold / January 22, 2024 /

Just over a year ago, Chatfield College transitioned from a being a private liberal arts college to a nonprofit agency, The Chatfield Edge. The new organization focuses on supporting first-generation…

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Scholar Spotlight: Anna Robertson

By Laura Arnold / December 7, 2023 /

National Day of the Horse is celebrated in the United States every December 13 but one of our Chatfield Edge scholars likely celebrates horses every day of the year. Meet…

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Donor Spotlight: Karin Burwinkel

By Laura Arnold / September 15, 2023 /

If you drive down the long tree-lined lane to the tranquil St. Martin office of The Chatfield Edge, you may run into Karin Burwinkel. She has a quilting studio on…

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Hispanic and Latino student

Serving Cincinnati’s Fast-Growing Hispanic and Latino Population

By Carol / September 5, 2023 /

Ohio’s Hispanic and Latino population has grown by 63.4% since 2000, according to the Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition, and in Cincinnati, this population is young, with almost half under the…

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Guiding First-Generation Students to Postsecondary Education Success

By Carol / May 2, 2023 /

Where would we be without map apps and that friendly voice navigation assistant routing us to the correct destination? Unfortunately, for first-generation college students, embarking on the road to postsecondary…

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Student Story – Pamala Hurley

By Carol / April 20, 2023 /

Pamala Hurley is not your typical college student. She graduated from high school in 1964 and decided to return to school at age 71 or 72 after her husband passed…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Justin Pappachan

By Carol / April 20, 2023 /

Many college students are attracted to volunteering for two primary reasons: They have a desire to give back to their communities and they want to build their resumes, so they…

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Latisha Smith

Student Story – Latasha Smith

By Carol / March 17, 2023 /

Latasha Smith will graduate on May 7, 2023 with an associate degree in arts and science. Her science professor at Cincinnati State has lovingly nicknamed her Chatfield because of how…

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FAFSA 2024: A Shorter, Simpler Process

For students applying to college in the 2024-2025 school year – the government’s application form for federal student aid recently got a facelift and is now available to the public.

The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is shorter and simpler, making it easier for students who want to apply for federal financial aid programs, including Federal Pell Grants, scholarships, work-study, and student loans.

What is the purpose of FAFSA?

The government uses the data submitted on this form to determine the amount of federal financial aid for which a student qualifies. States and colleges use it to determine how much additional financial aid they will offer a student through scholarships or other awards.

What kind of information do you submit on the FAFSA?

You submit financial information about the household in which you live.

  • How much money do you make?
  • How much money do your parents make?
  • What other financial assets does your household have?
  • Tax returns

Is filling out the FAFSA worth it?

Yes! Every year, millions of dollars in Federal Pell Grants are unclaimed by students who would qualify for the funds to help pay for college. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students who display exceptional financial need and do not have to be repaid. It’s free money.

When should I fill out the FAFSA?

As soon as it opens. The form just opened on December 31, 2023, for students applying to college for the 2024-2025 school year. For students applying to college in 2026, the form will open in October 2024.

Why do I need to rush? You just said there’s money left over.

Not every student will qualify for Federal Pell Grants. Other monies like scholarships, work-study programs, and student loans are also up for grabs, and the money is given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

How long does it take to fill out the FAFSA?

According to the government’s website, some applicants will answer as few as 18 questions, which could take less than 10 minutes.

Where do I go to get the FAFSA form?

It is online. But BEFORE YOU CAN START THE FORM, you must apply for an FSA ID and create an account with You’ll need your social security number and email address to do this.

About The Chatfield Edge

The Chatfield Edge is a nonprofit organization offering support to first-generation and non-traditional students as they gain success in life through education. Built on the 178-year-old legacy of the Ursulines of Brown County (Ohio), The Chatfield Edge combines student support services, scholarships, and mentoring to empower individuals to achieve their life goals. Find out more.




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