For students and parents preparing for college, sometimes financial aid is the most difficult part of the equation. But the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission wants to help.
“The goal here is to make sure that the paperwork is no barrier for any student that wants to go to college and also we’re really trying to spread the word about the ability for financial aid,” says Jessica Kennedy with the WVHEPC.
That’s the aim of College Goal Sunday set for February 10th at 23 locations across the state. Kennedy stresses, those who attend will get one on one help and advice.
“We actually sit down and work with folks to complete the application for federal student aid or FAFSA.”
Kennedy says the workshop is especially helpful for families who have never filled out a FASFA or who might have unusual circumstances.
“Filling out the FAFSA is a lot like filling out your tax returns just because they ask a lot of income information because a lot of aid is based on financial need,” says Kennedy.
Make sure to bring a driver’s license, both the student’s and parent’s Social Security number, 2012 tax records (or 2011 records if 2012 forms are not yet available), 2012 untaxed income records, and information about investments and bank account balances.
The event isn’t just for students struggling to find money for college. Kennedy says if you plan to apply for the Promise Scholarship, state or federal financial aid or low interest loans, you’ll need to fill out a FAFSA.
If possible, you’re asked to pre-register for event. You can do so by logging on to www.cfwv.com. You can also find a list of locations where College Goal Sunday are being held. If you don’t have an opportunity to pre-register, Kennedy says you won’t be turned away.