The Washington State Community College (WSCC) is hosting a workshop to offer assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The workshops will take place on campus from 4 to 7 p.m. on November 14. The event is free and open to the public regardless of where a student plans to go to college.
“Our FAFSA workshop is just one of the many ways Washington State supports our community,” said WSCC Assistant Director of Financial Aid Maddie Galloway. “No matter where a person plans to register, we can help them file their case.”
She also added that the college is a great resource for providing information on federal grants and loans, scholarships, state benefits, and what to expect after filing the FAFSA. During the workshops, representatives from the WSCC Financial Aid Department will offer guidance to students and families as they complete the Student Financial Aid Application.
The FAFSA is used by all two- and four-year colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal and state grants, work-study programs, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans, and certain scholarships.
“The FAFSA can usually be completed in less than 45 minutes; however, many people find it an intimidating form. Our goal is to take the stress out of the process by providing one-on-one assistance,” explained Galloway.
She went on to explain the importance of filing the FAFSA regardless of whether someone thinks they are qualified. She said it is often required by many university scholarship applications and is mandatory for student loans through the Department of Education. Galloway also encouraged early submission.
“Some people may consider it unnecessary to deposit nearly a year in advance, but we strongly recommend submitting the application as soon as possible as some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. .”
The federal government released the FAFSA 2023-2024 on October 1 and will be used for students planning to enroll in college next fall, and at some institutions, including WSCC, will be used for enrollment in the summer of 2023. The workshop will be held on the second floor of the commercial wing located in the main building, rooms B204 and B205. To register for the event, call 740-568-1908 or visit wscc.edu/FAFSAworkshop.
Applicants will need to have their Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen), driver’s license, 2021 federal tax return, W-2s, and other transcripts. money earned, know their cash balance, savings and checking accounts, records of investments and any untaxed income (if any), access to their personal email account, as well as their username and password FSA password, if they have already been created. Additionally, a student dependent will need a parent to complete the parent section of the FAFSA with the above information and should have the above items with them.