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FAFSA Support Workshops for Alumni

Cristo Rey Alumni! The 2024-25 FAFSA® is still available, but time is running out to apply! Make sure you complete your FAFSA® as soon as possible to be considered for financial aid to help pay for your college education this academic year 2024-2025. 

If you would like assistance with the FAFSA, we will be hosting workshops this summer. Additionally, you can refer to this website for FAFSA How-To videos and instructions

Workshop 1: Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School 
Workshop 2: Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to Noon at UIC
Workshop 3: Thursday, August 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Before the workshop, ensure you AND your parent/guardian have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. You can also prepare by reviewing the list of information needed to complete a FAFSA® and gathering those documents ahead of time. You will need to collect this information for you and, if you are dependent, your parents/guardians: 

  • 2022 federal tax returns, W-2’s, and other records of money earned. 

  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable). 

  • Your Social Security Number. Be sure it is correct! 

  • Your Alien Registration Number, if you (student) are not a U.S. citizen. 

  • An FSA ID. 

You can register to attend here: bit.ly/CRFAFSAWorkshops. If you have any questions, email Amy Bustos, Manager of Alumni Support. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Valeria Martinez '13

Meet Valeria Martinez, Class of 2013

"Since graduating from Cristo Rey, I have just been trying to enjoy life. I got married almost two years ago and have two dogs. My husband and I have been trying to find new hobbies, we are currently training for our second half marathon, and we picked up golfing. I love to travel and just spend time with my husband and my dogs.

I graduated from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Business Analytics. Currently, I’m also working on completing my 150 credit hours to sit for my CPA hopefully next year.

I work at Distinctive Schools as a Senior Accountant. I started working there almost a year ago and am currently going through our yearly audit preparation. I really enjoy working there, my boss and my whole team are awesome and super supportive. I also enjoy all the benefits, and just how understanding my organization is. Ever since I graduated college, I knew I wanted to work in a non-profit, so it’s very fulfilling for me to work in this sector, especially in education.

I know the job market is very tough right now, but the advice I would give other alumni or current students who aspire to pursue a similar career path would be to just start somewhere, get experience, and meet people. Years back I used to work for the organization I am at now. I left to start my accounting career because at the time they didn’t have a formal finance team. Years later I am super grateful to be back, but had I not met people and left on a good note, maybe I wouldn’t have been hired back.

I believe Cristo Rey impacted the person I am today. Thinking back, I realize now that Cristo Rey always allowed me to be true to myself. It was good to gain the CWSP insight we got because it was nice to experience a corporate job since it made me realize that I personally didn’t want to work for a super big company. I enjoy working with my team but love that I can reach outside of my own team for help.

There are countless memories I have of Cristo Rey, but the one thing that stands out is the training camp I had during my freshman year. One of the things they would teach us is how to give a proper handshake. It’s something that’s stuck with me forever and now I catch myself judging someone if they do not give me a proper handshake.

I would say that Cristo Rey is definitely a unique experience in the best way possible. When I hear my friends talk about the schools they went to, it seems crazy to me that their graduating classes are as big as our whole school. I also feel that because Cristo Rey is a small school, it helped me break out of my shell and be true to myself. I was a super shy person before Cristo Rey."

Connect with Valeria on LinkedIn.

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