Don’t let the process of completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scare you. Staff from the Fairmont State University Office of Financial Aid have planned several times this week to meet in person with students and their families on campus.
“Federal changes in effect this year mean that students and their families can complete a FAFSA now for the 2017-2018 academic year instead of having to wait until January 2017,” said Tresa Weimer, Director of Financial Aid. “Another change that will simplify the filing process is that the 2017-2018 FAFSA will use financial information from 2015, which is likely easier for families to access through the IRS data retrieval tool.”
FSU has scheduled three FAFSA completion workshops for the week of Oct. 31. Financial Aid counselors will be on hand to personally assist students and their families at these dates and times:
- Tuesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Room 215, Turley Student Services Center.
- Wednesday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Room 215, Turley Student Services Center.
- Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Room 215, Turley Student Services Center.
“The earlier you file the FAFSA the better. This ensures that you do not miss deadlines or opportunities for various types of financial aid assistance,” Weimer said. “Filling earlier also allows students who are filing the FAFSA for the first time to better plan financially for their education costs.”
For more information or to contact the Office of Financial Aid at Fairmont State, visit http://www.fairmontstate.edu/finaid/ or call (304) 367-4141 or (800) 641-5678, Opt. 2.