FAFSA Day Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College

November 9, 2018
By: Nancy Sheehan

Students and their parents can get free advice for filling out those all-important, but often confusing, college financial aid forms at a special help session Saturday, Nov. 17, at Worcester State.

Every high school senior, college student, and adult student who will be attending college during the 2019-2020 academic year needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. FAFSA Day Massachusetts provides free help statewide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA.

Worcester State has partnered with FAFSA Day Massachusetts to offer the service at Worcester State. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov 17. Participants should enter through the rear door of the Sullivan building, which will be marked for the occasion. Check-in is at Eager Auditorium, and there will be directional signage on campus that day.

“The FAFSA is the gateway to much financial aid at most colleges and universities, but completion of the FAFSA can be intimidating for some families,” Ryan G. Forsythe, vice president for enrollment management, says. “We hope that this event will bring confidence to students and families as they submit this important application for financial aid. Whether it’s a question or two, or needing help from start to finish, students and families should plan to attend the FAFSA Day event at WSU.”

Families are encouraged to visit www.FAFSADay.org to register and to see a list of what to bring. Registration is recommended but not required. The services are free and available to anyone attending college for the 2019-2020 academic year. Low-income, first-generation students are especially encouraged to attend.

FAFSA Day is staffed by volunteer financial aid and higher education experts available to provide families one-on-one assistance. FAFSA Day is a non-profit program sponsored by Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, MEFA, American Student Assistance, and the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance. Over 18,200 students have been served during FAFSA Day events.

For questions or additional information, please call 877-424-7627 or e-mail fafsaday@gmail.com.

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