STLCC’s Harrison Center to Host FAFSA Frenzy Event
Need assistance filling out college financial aid forms? Free help is on the way. And you could win a scholarship just by attending the FAFSA Frenzy event at St. Louis Community College’s William J. Harrison Education Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the first step in applying for federal financial aid and many state programs. Families will be able to complete the 2012-13 FAFSA on site and obtain valuable information.
The center, located at 3140 Cass Ave. in St. Louis, will have financial aid professionals on hand to assist students and parents with the FAFSA process.
Next school year, the U.S. Department of Education will make more than $150 billion in postsecondary financial aid available to students throughout the nation. As part of a College Goal Sunday (CGS) program, FAFSA Frenzy makes applying for financial aid easier by providing students with free help.
Participants are asked to bring:
• 2012 W-2 forms.
• Copies of their 2012 tax forms, if they are ready. If students or their parents have not yet filed 2012 returns before they attend a FAFSA Frenzy event, they should be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2012, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete taxes. This will allow students and their parents to submit FAFSA online during the event. The student will then need to go back to the FAFSA and submit corrections once tax returns are filed. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool should be available to help submit corrections accurately within a few weeks after the tax file date.
• Student PIN and parent PIN. Students and parents may apply for PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before attending a FAFSA Frenzy event.
Students who attend a FAFSA Frenzy event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win a scholarship. Winners will receive their scholarships upon receipt of enrollment verification for the 2012 fall semester at a Missouri postsecondary institution. Scholarship funds are being provided by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and by the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel.
All students will receive gift bags with helpful information for planning and paying for college. This is the 10th year Missouri is participating in the CGS program. During the past nine years, CGS/FAFSA Frenzy has helped more than 7,300 Missouri students obtain financial aid.
For more information about the event at the Harrison Education Center, contact Alandrea Stewart at 314-763-6000.