Preparing for financial aid for high school graduates

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – High school students are thinking about student loans to find out how to pay for their education for the next semester.

22News spoke with the director of financial aid at American International College. He told us that the first step is to complete the FAFSA form, which is the free application for student aid. It says you can find it on studentaid.gov and it will determine which federal, state, and institutional scholarships you are eligible for.

Richard O’Connor, director of financial aid at American International College, said: “Some people being first generation, they may be afraid to fill it out, or they may be confused, but we have a lot of resources in the region. Most area high school guidance departments have staff who help people fill out the FAFSA form, if they don’t contact the financial offices the students want to attend, they will sit down and help you fill it out. .

O’Connor adds that this year’s FAFSA is based on your 2020 tax information. If your current financial situation doesn’t match, he says be sure to contact your school’s financial aid office and see what documentation. they might need to help you from their side.