At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Monday, January 3, 2011

FAFSA On-the-Go Volunteer

HACE is partnered with The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) for our El Futuro program. CEP helps college-bound students qualify for grants and loans by offering assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They are currently in search of FAFSA On-the-Go volunteers to provide assistance for students and their parents at area schools completing the application.

FAFSA On-the-Go Volunteer Role:
With guidance from CEP financial services staff, FAFSA On-the-Go volunteers work directly with clients at Juarez, Curie and Schurz high schools in Chicago to help them submit their FAFSAs. Primary responsibilities include:
  • Assist students and parents with initial FAFSA applications and FAFSA Corrections
  • Collect client evaluations
  • Inform clients about other services available through the Center for Economic Progress
  • Assist CEP staff in conducting follow-up interviews with clients
They will provide you with the training and tools that you need to assist college-bound students and their parents confidently and successfully. In return, they ask that you:
  • Commit to volunteering for a minimum of 2 FAFSA sessions during the January – May
  • Complete one two-hour online training and a one-hour classroom training, totaling three hours, during the month of January
  • Agree to follow CEP policies and procedures as outlined in our Volunteer Orientation Manual
  • Complete yearly volunteer registration process and all required paperwork
  • Communicate with the Financial Aid U volunteer assistant about changes to your volunteer schedule
All training is provided, and no FAFSA or tax experience is necessary! The following skills come in handy:
  • Basic computer proficiency needed to prepare taxes electronically
  • Willingness to work with diverse populations
Volunteers are rewarded by seeing their hard work make a difference. You will have the opportunity to:
  • See your impact firsthand by working with our clients face-to-face
  • Make volunteering work for you with flexible scheduling and your choice of sites and trainings
  • Improve your skills while helping the community
  • Meet other volunteers who share your commitment to helping others
Staff works year-round to support volunteers, but the real action takes place with you! A brief timeline:
  • Volunteer registration is available from early November to mid-January
  • Trainings take place in the month of January, prior to FAFSA events will be held in January – May
Current Schools:
4959 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60632

3601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Position available January-April

How to sign up:
Register by calling 312-806-9603 or by emailing your contact information to Volunteer registration for this position is open from early November to mid-January.

For more information, please contact the Financial Aid U Volunteer Services Assistant at 312-806-9603 or

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