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Fall for Success & College Goal Saturday

Food, Fun, and FAFSA at Fall for Success

A community celebration for the New Britain High School (NBHS) graduating class of 2018 was held on Saturday, October 28 at New Britain High School.  On this day, NBHS seniors and their families were treated to lunch, entertainment, and help filling out their FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“For many of our families, this is their first experience with the college application process,” said Joseph Pinchera, Principal of New Britain High School. “Applying for financial aid can be confusing without some help. We wanted to be sure every senior had this great opportunity for help.”

The day began at Noon with Fall for Success, a lunch celebration of the Class of 2018.  American Savings Foundation sponsored the lunch, with entertainment provided by New Britain High School graduate DJ Meechie of Hot 93.7.  The first 100 NBHS seniors attending the lunch received a free NBHS Class of 2018 T-shirt, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

After lunch, the program continued with College Goal Saturday, sponsored by the American Savings Foundation.  Families were able to get help completing the FAFSA, which is the first step toward applying for college funds.  Financial aid professionals from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Tunxis Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, along with financial services providers from HRA of New Britain, all were on hand to help.  There were also college admissions workshops in both English and Spanish, with staff from both CCSU and UCONN on hand to answer questions about the college admissions process.

NBHS seniors who completed the FAFSA at the event were entered into a drawing to win class of 2018 yearbooks and prom tickets, sponsored by Grace Church, which also sent a team of volunteers to help with the day. 

“Each year, too many students skip filling out their FAFSA because of how complicated it seems,” said Maria Falvo, President & CEO of American Savings Foundation. “We hope that with the help of College Goal Saturday, more families will learn about the financial aid resources that might be available to them to help pay for college.”

Superintendent Nancy Sarra said she and the district fully stand behind students, not only during their time in the local school system but also as they embark upon the next step of their lives.

“Whatever assistance we can offer in helping make their dreams a reality, we are committed in doing. This is a rare opportunity for our seniors and I hope we can keep the momentum moving forward for years to come,” Sarra said.