Whether you’re a student, parent or educator, it pays to pick up a copy of FAFSA: The How-to Guide for High School Students.

This comprehensive resource can make a big difference for college-bound students seeking financial aid. At a time of federal and state cutbacks, those seeking assistance can find information about the federal grants, college scholarships, work-study programs and educational loans that are available to them.

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the guide helps to make sense of what is needed to effectively complete the application. An accurate and up-to-date application will provide a student the best chances for receiving aid.

The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs has just released the 2013 edition and it is estimated that more than $235 million in student financial aid is available each year (as reported by Student Aid Financial Services, Inc.). Sadly, millions of students aren’t aware of this and much of it is left on the table.

For first-time college applicants, low-income students and immigrants lacking knowledge about the application process, the FAFSA: How-To Guide can be a valuable first step in making college a reality.

Consult with your high school guidance office or view a PDF version via the The New School’s webpage: http://www.newschool.edu/milano/nycaffairs/fafsa.aspx. Users are encouraged to share this link as needed. Information about ordering print copies can be found here as well.

For more about The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs, visit: http://www.newschool.edu/milano/nycaffairs/.