College and Career Center


FAFSA (All students planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or a trade or technical school should complete the FAFSA!)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a government form that is used by colleges to award merit based scholarships, need based grants and student and parent loans.  The earliest that is can be completed is October 1st of the student's senior year.  The state of Maryland deadline is March 1st of the student's senior year.  However, several schools even in Maryland require the form to be completed and submitted earlier.  Please check with universities in which you are interested.

La Plata High School holds a Financial Aid Night each year in October. The College of Southern Maryland and other organizations hold FAFSA line-by-line workshops typically in January. All of this is free. The actual form is free and there is a free on-line live chat, free e-mail help and a toll free phone number all at