Students headed to college next fall can get free help with their federal financial aid forms on Saturday at 50 locations statewide.
Each year, financial aid administrators volunteer their time to help students at the FAFSA Day event, which this year happens on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in most locations. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a document that is required when college-bound students seek grants or loans to cover the cost of college.
In the Triangle, sessions will be held at Wake Technical Community College, William Peace University, N.C. Central University and the Orange County campus of Durham Technical Community College.
Here’s what to bring to the event: A Federal Student Aid Identification for students and parents, which can be obtained at FSAID.ed.gov; 2015 tax information; and a FAFSA worksheet, which is available at www.FAFSA.gov. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; visit CFNC.org/FAFSAday or call 866-866-CFNC.
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This year, the federal government moved the application start date earlier, to Oct. 1. The sooner the form is completed, the sooner students and their families will receive information about whether they qualify for government financial aid. Many colleges also use the form to determine their own financial aid awards.
Students can also use a phone service for free help every Tuesday in October from 5 to 8 p.m. The toll-free number is 866-866-CFNC. Also, during the week of Dec. 5, State Employees’ Credit Union branches will be available by appointment to help students and families with FAFSA completion.
FAFSA Day is sponsored by the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.