By Leanne Garcia
Filling out your Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA) is vital especially for high school seniors who are trying to go to college. The United States Department of Education uses FAFSA to determine a student’s eligibility for federal student aid, like low-cost loans, grants, and work-study. All you do is visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ provide yours and your parents information to complete the FAFSA application.
Now completing the FAFSA application online can be a bit difficult and stressful or sometimes it can take a long time for them to process your application. So now students also have the choice to attend to one of the FAFSA fest events, where local volunteers around the area help student and families complete their FAFSA application. At the event you will have assistance from the volunteers, 1-on-1 help, answers to your financial aid questions, and food and refreshments free of charge. All you need to bring is your parent or legal guardian, the 2016 NYS tax returns from both the student and the parent, and any of their personal information that will be necessary for the event, such as a license, SSN, or W-2 forms if a parent did not file taxes.
Due to weather conditions this month’s event located here at East High School was cancelled, but there will be another one taking place at the REOC, 161 Chestnut St. Tuesday, February 13th, from 5pm- 7pm. Be mindful that you can always begin your online FAFSA application now. If you need help just set up an appointment with your counselor or visit the College Prep Center for more assistance.