KUSA - Families and students can get free one-on-one help from financial aid professionals in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA at College Goal Sunday.
This is the time of year college bound high school seniors fill out the FAFSA -Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA is a crucial step in the college planning process.
It must be completed for a student to receive any type of financial aid, including grants, work study, student loans and even many scholarships.
Students are encouraged 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.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 is College Goal Sunday
Families and students can get free one-on-one help from financial aid professionals in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA at College Goal Sunday.
The event will be held at 19 locations across Colorado. 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>
Twenty-four thousand dollars in scholarships will be awarded to students who attend and complete their FAFSA
If you are filling out the FAFSA, experts advise parents to sit down with the kids to fill out the FAFSA.
You'll need bank-account statements and drivers' licenses.
You need to et a PIN to access the FAFSA form - go to pin.edu.gov.
FAFSA available at fafsa.ed.gov
You don't have to wait to submit your FAFSA till after you file our taxes. You can check the "will file" box and estimate.
If possible fill out the FAFSA online - that allows incoming freshmen who are undecided on a school to submit the form to up to 10 colleges - the paper app allow for only 4 submissions.
- Colorado students received nearly $3 Billion in financial aid last year to go to college in the form of grants, loans, work study and scholarships.
- The FAFSA is the universal application for students to apply for all these types of state and federal dollars - one application per student per year attending college.
- Be sure to go to the federal website at FAFSA.gov - there are scam websites out there that charge families nearly $100 to fill out the form. As the name suggest, applying for financial aid is FREE.
- Families can still estimate using prior year taxes, but one change this year is that families and students must complete their taxes and match them to their FAFSA in order to receive a confirmed financial aid offer.
- Students and families make small mistakes on their FAFSA that can later cost them thousands of dollars if the mistake is not caught or at the very minimum can cause processing delays. Free help at College Goal Sunday can help avoid these mistakes.