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FAFSA Week: day one

April 19, 2010

Here I am reporting live from the first day of the FAFSA Week help sessions, located in the Ogg Hall computer lab.  The two sessions today, from 6 to 7 and from 7 to 8, are the only ones people had to sign up to attend. The rest of this week will offer walk-in help sessions daily from 5 to 6 in the SAC.

The two wonderful Financial Aid Office advisers in attendance today were Karla Weber and Joselyn Diaz-Valdes.  These ladies helped students fill out their FAFSA applications page by page, putting in the right numbers and making sure everything is set to go to get students some money!

Attendance for the two events today was less than anticipated, but the session was still helpful for those who showed, Academic Affairs intern Zach Ivins said. He added the surveys collected from attendees rated the help from the pros very highly.

People who wish to attend the upcoming walk-in sessions should bring:

*Social Security number
*driver’s license
*W-2 form and other records of earnings
*Federal Income Tax Return (for you and your spouse, if married)
*Records of untaxed income, including child support, Social Security and veteran’s benefits
*Current bank and investments statements
*If you are not a US Citizen, your alien registration or permanent resident card

If you don’t have all the materials, don’t be discouraged from coming! They will still help you as much as they can because they are nice people like that. The walk-in sessions will also have an adviser from the Financial Aid Office present to answer questions in a more informal set up.

So instead of trudging through the FAFSA application all on your own and not being sure about certain parts, just come over to the SAC from Tuesday to Friday between 5 and 6, and get the thumbs up from a pro so you know you didn’t seriously muff anything up.

The FAFSA deadline is April 28, so you should get a jump start on those buggars during this week (read in your grandmother’s sternest voice)!

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