Washington State Hosts Free FAFSA Workshop Jan. 24
Washington State Community College (WSCC) is hosting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop this Tuesday, Jan. 24, at no cost to participants.
All students applying to college should fill out a FAFSA, either online or with an application form. The application is free and lets students know either how much financial aid they can receive, or the amount/type of federal loans they can use. Federal aid and loans are used to help with the educational costs associated with college, including tuition, books, and institution fees.
WSCC Director of Financial Aid Emily Schuck says that Washington State’s financial aid office cannot process any aid for a student without a FAFSA on file. “Many families mistakenly think they don’t qualify for federal student aid and prevent themselves from receiving aid by failing to apply for it,” says Schuck. “In addition, there are other sources of federal aid such as Unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans that are available, regardless of need.”
Audrey Hayes, a WSCC Americorps College Guide, says that two sessions are offered this January 24th and concern the FAFSA for the academic year 2011-2012, which includes the upcoming spring and summer quarters. The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., in the Student Services COMPASS Testing lab, located in the main building on campus.
“We ask participants to bring all 2010 tax forms, W2s and asset information, including an estimate of total cash, savings, and checking accounts,” says Hayes. She adds that participants don’t need to already be admitted into Washington State. Registration for the FAFSA workshop is encouraged, but not required. To register or for more information, contact Audrey Hayes at 740.568.1900 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the upcoming spring quarter begins February 21, with classes starting March 26.