Get help applying for financial aid for college

Dec 23, 2013

Get help applying for financial aid for college at workshops on Jan. 22 in Monroe and Jan. 25 in Everett.

Everett Community College is hosting College Goal Washington, a free program that helps participants fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for college for 2014-2015.

Workshops are at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at EvCC’s East County Campus, 14090 Fryelands Blvd. S.E., Suite 373 in Monroe and at 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at Shuksan Hall Room 141 on EvCC’s campus at 2000 Tower St. in Everett.

Participants need only attend one workshop.

After an informational meeting, participants will go to computer labs and begin filling out the FAFSA.

Volunteers will be available to help. A Spanish interpreter will be available at both events.

Pre-registration is not required, but there is an online sign-up at www.collegegoalsundaywa.org to guarantee a time slot.

While everyone may receive as little or as much assistance as needed, step-by-step instruction for the complete FAFSA document can take about one hour.

The events are two of many happening across the state and around the country for those interested in learning about federal financial aid.

The FAFSA is considered the gateway to accessing financial aid resources, such as school loans and scholarships.

Federal student loans offer many benefits not typically found in private loans, including low fixed interest rates, income-based repayment plans, loan forgiveness and deferment options.

Because household financial information is a key part of completing the form, prospective students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend the events together.

Besides financial records (recent tax forms and/or pay stubs), students need to bring their social security number and driver’s license (if any).

Even if prospective students do not have all of their paperwork together they are still encouraged to attend the event to get the process started.

For more details about College Goal Washington, the FAFSA, locations or what to bring, visit www.collegegoalsundaywa.org or call 888-758-2253.

Information is also available at Everett Community College’s website, www.everettcc.edu/collegegoal

-Edited by Beacon staff

 

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