VSAC hosts workshops on applying for college financial aid

REGION – Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops at local high schools to help families fill out financial aid forms. These informal workshops offer guidance on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the Vermont grant application. The FAFSA is the basis for determining eligibility for federal Pell grants, the Vermont state grant, financial aid from the school that the student attends, and for student loans.

Space is limited. Students and parents need to sign up for a Federal Student Aid ID (FS AID) at https://www.fsaid.ed.gov prior to the workshop. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete and 1-3 days to verify and issue the ID from Federal Student Aid.

Dates and times for the workshops include:

·      Bellows Falls Union H.S., Bellows Falls, Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m.

·      Black River Union H.S., Oct. 12, Ludlow, 5:30-7:15 p.m.

·      Brattleboro Union H.S./Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, Oct. 17, two sessions: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

·      Green Mountain Union H.S., Chester, Oct. 19, 5:30-7:15 p.m.

·      Chester, Leland & Gray Union H.S., Townshend, Oct. 19, two sessions: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

·      Mill River Union H.S., Wallingford, Oct. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

·      Springfield H.S., Springfield, Oct. 11, 5:30-7:15 p.m.

·      Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, Oct. 13, 3:30-5 p.m.

·      Windsor H.S., Windsor, Oct. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

The following information is needed to complete the FAFSA and is needed for both students and parents.

·      Social Security numbers

·      FSA IDs to sign FAFSA electronically

·      The names of the colleges that the student is applying to

·      2016 federal tax returns, including schedules, W-2s and K-1 form if applicable. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

·      Information on any types of income from 2016, even if it is not reported on a tax return or you did not file taxes

·      Current checking and savings account balances

·      Home value and debt (if applicable)

·      Farm value and debt (if applicable)

·      Business value and debt (if applicable)

·      Investment value (if applicable)

·      Alien Registration Card (if not a U.S. citizen)

Students applying for financial aid for enrollment beginning after July 1, 2018, can file their FAFSA and Vermont Grant application as early as October 1.

Please contact the high school in the event of unanticipated cancellations or postponements. For a complete schedule of VSAC’s Financial Aid Forms Nights, go to http://www.vsac.org/events/list. Information on VSAC’s college planning resources can be found at www.vsac.org.

Students and parents also can ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including how to apply for scholarships. Internet access will be available.

File the FAFSA early to make smart education choices that fit your pocketbook.

Check out VSAC’s new website at www.vsac.org or online at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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