If you haven’t completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) because you are unsure how to go about it, a great opportunity has arisen that you may want to take advantage of.

Starting Saturday, February 20th from 9 am to 12 pm, 65 sites across North Carolina will be host to many college financial specialists who are willing and able to help anyone with their financial aid forms.  It’s called “Free FAFSA Day.”

For families to be considered for these federal and state financial aid programs, they are required to fill out the FAFSA.  This also extends to grants and scholarships.

Since the FAFSA qualifies students of any and all income levels for many different types of aid, this opportunity should not be missed just because you think that you won’t receive any money.  Even families with high incomes can obtain aid from very prestigious universities by utilizing the options the FAFSA has to offer.  This even extends to instantly qualifying students for lower-interest loans.

If you are a student or a student’s parent, and you are curious about what amount of aid you can receive from the FAFSA, you can visit www.studentaid.ed.gov and type “fafsa4caster” in the search field to find out more.

There are a few things that are required if you decide to attend one of these workshops:

  • Bring both the student’s and parent’s 2015 tax return. If you have filed it already, even better. W2 forms are also acceptable if accompanied with another form of income.
  • You will also need to bring the student’s and one of the parent’s FSA ID. In order to obtain this you will have had to make an FSA account.  If you have not done this already, you may follow this link to do so.  (fsaid.ed.gov)
  • Additionally you will need to bring the FAFSA worksheet obtained from the same website (fsaid.ed.gov). Fill out the form as much as possible.
  • In order to reserve a spot for yourself and anyone else you may know, the officials in charge of the event strongly urge you to pre-register by either visiting cfnc.org/FAFSAday, or calling 866-866-CFNC in order to find the workshop nearest you.

If you are unable to attend on Feb. 20th, FAFSA Week extends from Feb. 22nd-26th, by appointment only at any of the State Employee Branches.  You may also call the toll-free number, 866-866-CFNC on Feb. 23, from 5-8pm, to speak with a specialist who can help you with filling out your FAFSA.

Works Cited: Bierer, Lee Shulman.  “Countdown to College:  FAFSA help is here.”  The Charlotte Observer.
February 11, 2016.

http://www.cfnc.org/FAFSAday