KUSA - Every January, high school seniors start applying for financial aid for college.
The first step is filling out the FAFSA -the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid.
The FAFSA is the universal application for students to apply for all types of state and federal dollars for grants, work study, student loans and many scholarships.
Students can fill out the FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov
Information about the FAFSA is on the federal websitewww.FAFSA.gov.
There are scam websites that charge families nearly $100 to fill out the form. As the name suggest, applying for financial aid is FREE.
Financial Aid Administrators encourage students to submit their FAFSA as close to the first of the year to receive as much financial aid as possible.
Many states have early deadlines - the sooner you submit the better your chances of getting money for college (first come, first served)
Some states & grant agencies have preferred deadlines for their most generous packages.
Parents should sit down with the kids to fill out the FAFSA.
You'll want to have bank-account statements and drivers' licenses on hand.
You need to get a PIN to access the FAFSA form - go to www.pin.edu.gov
Financial Aid Professionals are offering free one-on-one help completing the FAFA during College Goal Sunday.
The event is free and will be held at 19 Colorado locations Feb. 9, 2014.
More than $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students who attend and complete their FAFSA.
The three in the metro area are The Tivoli, Community College of Aurora and Front Range Community College in Westminster.
For a complete listing of sites go to www.collegegoalcolorado.org <http://www.collegegoalcolorado.org>
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