FAFSA Night and Why YOU Should File the FAFSA!

FAFSA February titleFAFSA Night with UHEAA is tonight at the CLC.  It will be an Open House format, so you can drop by any time between 5 and 8 pm.  However, it will take about an hour to finish the FAFSA, so try to be there by 7:00.  UHEAA is sending their state FAFSA experts so don’t miss this opportunity to have all your FAFSA questions answered by the experts.

*Do your FAFSA Homework before you come tonight.
*Enter the $500 Scholarship Contest.
*Enter the I Heart FAFSA Contest.

If you are still trying to decide if you should file the FAFSA, consider these points:

  1. It’s the only way to apply for ALL federal most states’ financial aid, including Pell grants, Work-Study programs, and student loans.
  2. Even if you have a full ride scholarship or savings to pay for college, filing the FAFSA is a good backup plan to cover unexpected expenses.
  3. Many scholarships require you to file the FAFSA as part of their application process.
  4. You never know what financial aid you might end up getting!  Many students file the FAFSA and are surprised to find they qualify for a grant or need-based scholarship.
  5. It doesn’t take as long as you think.  Usually less than an hour from start to finish.
  6. It’s not as difficult as your think.  FAFSA on the web (www.fafsa.gov) has “Helps and Hints” on every quesitons, as well as online chat, phone help, and a FAQ section.  You can also come to a UHEAA FAFSA Night (Feb. 18th from 5-8 pm at the CLC), or ask your school counselor for help.
  7. You aren’t required to accept loans.  The FAFSA is just an application.

There’s no reason for any student to not file their Free Application for Federat Student Aid every school year!

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