Feb 13, 2010

Shout Out To All My FAFSA Soldiers—Charta Squad Is Back

Riding high on the overnight success of “Relax,” the Charta Squad is back with a new “number one hit single” entitled, FAFSA Hooray.” With a little help from Hip Hop Hooray by Naughty by Nature, the original cast from Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS) collaborated with financial aid wizards at the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to put out the call, “Move without delay, don’t wait another day” and fill out your FAFSA—today!

Located in Brooklyn NY, WCHS is part of the Believer network of charter schools. Director of college guidance and academic culture at WCHS, Art Samuels and his colleagues spearheaded the effort to expand FAFSA awareness by capitalizing on the overwhelming popularity of their first rap music video aimed at getting students to “relax” about taking the SAT.

“We believe there’s real value in taking a topic such as financial aid and using a creative outlet such as hip-hop to share vital information with students, explained Mr. Samuels. “Our hope is that our video sheds some light on the FAFSA process in a manner that makes it less intimidating and scary, and makes college more accessible to students.”

So if you “asked Santa for tuition but he didn’t look [your] way,” go to “F-A-F-S-A dot E-D dot GOV" (www.fafsa.ed.gov) because “That’s where you need to go to get financial love.” Even if you’re digging out from under the Blizzard(s) of 2010 or still snowed in, the FAFSA consumer hotline isn’t. Check online to get answers to your questions or call 1.800.4.Fed.Aid.

“Secure your future today; get started on your way. Go online and apply.” Charta Squad out.

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