• Path to Financial Readiness

    The Financial Readiness Pathway provides awareness and critical support to enable all students to access their future. PfISD provides parent workshops on financial aid and scholarships.   College Career Advisors and guidance counselors are available to help parents and students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with district-wide FAFSA completion events where professional tax help is available.
    • Don't let money keep you from pursuing your dreams.

    • Learn about and apply for scholarships.  See your transition counselor for more details.

    • PfISD seniors earn $10-20 million dollars in scholarships every year.  This could be you!

    • Fill out and complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by October of your senior year.

    • Take advantage of FAFSA events where free professional help is available.  Check with your campus College and Career Advisor for dates.


    Seniors – FAFSA opens October 1, 2021 – Complete by December 17, 2021


    The Federal Application for Student Aid, FAFSA, opens for all seniors on October 1, 2021.  PfISD Postsecondary Readiness encourages seniors to complete the FAFSA form as soon as possible when the application window opens, since there are limited funds available through the federal program and waiting to apply could result in fewer funds being available to students qualifying for financial aid.  Our goal is to have all seniors and their parents complete and submit the FAFSA by December 17, 2021.  Completing the FAFSA allows students to access scholarships, grants, and loans. 


    Parents and students are encouraged to follow the 8 Steps to Completing the FAFSA form.  Our campus College and Career Advisors and Counseling teams are also prepared to assist students:

    CHS CCA – Molly Baca

    HHS CCA – Leigh Spradlin

    PHS CCA – Nicholas Howell

    WHS CCA – Vickie Pugh

    PACE Counselor - Kim Sanchez

    Students can learn more about federal financial aid and complete the FAFSA form by visiting www.studentaid.gov.  We will host FAFSA Saturday events to assist students and parents with application completion.  Students and parents may attend any FAFSA Saturday or make an appointment with the CCA for assistance during the school day or attend one of the other events hosted by campuses.  Register and attend one of our in-district FAFSA Saturdays using the links below.  Check with your CCA to learn more about help with completing the FAFSA.

    Saturday, October 30, 2021
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Connally HS FAFSA Event

    Connally HS FAFSA Event - Library

    Saturday, November 13, 2021
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Weiss HS

    Weiss HS - Library

    Saturday, December 4, 2021
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Hendrickson HS FAFSA Event

    Hendrickson HS FAFSA Event - Library


    HHS Class of 2021 graduate Annie Le recommends all students complete the FAFSA.  Her video encouraging seniors to complete the FAFSA won the Austin Chamber contest last year.  

    In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature established the new requirement for Texas students to complete a financial aid application (or formally opt out) in order to graduate.  The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted rules related to the new requirement in January 2021.  Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B. Graduation Requirements (effective August 1, 2021)


    Review the District FAFSA Participation Guidelines and learn about opt-out options. This is both a state and district Graduation Requirement.