MARIETTA, OHIO—Washington State Community College (WSCC) is hosting two free workshops to help current and prospective students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The workshops will be held on Monday, October 26 and Thursday, November 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendance is by appointment only, but the event is free and open to the public, regardless of where students plan to attend college.
“Our FAFSA workshop is just one of the many ways Washington State supports our community,” said Director of Enrollment Services and Financial Aid Reba Bartrug. “It doesn’t matter where a person plans to enroll, we can help them file.”
During the workshops, representatives from WSCC’s financial aid department will offer guidance to students and families as they complete the student aid application. The FAFSA is used by all two- and four-year colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal and state grants, work-study programs, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and some scholarships. Representatives will also answer questions regarding financial aid.
“The FAFSA can be an intimidating form, so it’s our hope that by providing this help, we can make filing less daunting,” said Bartrug.
The FAFSA is important to file regardless if a person believes he/she is qualified, as it is often required by many academic scholarship applications. Furthermore, it’s mandatory for student loans through the Department of Education. These government loans tend to be enticing for students as most students qualify for them since they aren’t based on household income. Federal student loans tend to have lower interest rates and offer better repayment options compared to loans through private lenders. “Student loans can be a great way to finance an education, however without a FAFSA on file, students will not be eligible for Department of Education loans,” Bartrug advised.
The Federal government released the 2021-2022 FAFSA on Oct. 1, which will be used for anyone who plans to enroll in college next fall. “We recommend that everyone complete the FAFSA as soon as possible because some funds may be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Even if your plans aren’t finalized, your financial aid package starts with submitting a FAFSA.”
Bartrug confirmed that while they anticipate most of the assistance they will provide at the workshops will pertain to the 2021-22 application, representatives will also be able to assist anyone who plans to enroll in college in the spring who will need to file the 2020-2021 application.
The workshop will be held in the business wing of the main building, rooms B204 and B205. Registration is required and can be done by calling 740-568-1908 or by visiting wscc.edu/FAFSAworkshop. In accordance with local health department regulations, social distancing will be observed, masks will be required, and the college asks that only one support person or parent attend with each FAFSA applicant.
Applicants will need to have their social security number or alien registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen), driver’s license, 2019 federal tax return, W-2s, and other records of money earned, know your balance of cash, your savings and checking accounts, records of investments and any untaxed income (if applicable), access to their personal email account, and their FSA ID and password, if one has already been created. Additionally, a dependent student will need a parent to complete the parent section of the FAFSA with the above information and should have the above items with them.