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Free FAFSA Day at SCC


sccnewsicon(February 6, 2013) College financial aid officers and specialists will be soon be available across North Carolina to help high school seniors and families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms online.  Stanly Community College (SCC) will hold a free FAFSA Day program on Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Eagle’s 1 Stop located in the Patterson building on the Albemarle campus.

Completing the FAFSA form is a requirement to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants.  This year’s statewide FAFSA Day is sponsored by the College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and State Employees’ Credit Union.

To be fully prepared to complete the FAFSA on February 23rd,  participants should either file their 2012 federal taxes in advance or bring the following items: both the student’s and parents’ federal 1040 tax forms for 2012 (or W-2 forms and other income and asset documents if completed tax forms are not available); the student’s and one parent’s Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) obtained in advance from the U.S. Department of Education website, www.pin.ed.gov; and a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet with as much information entered as possible.  The online Worksheet is available at www.fafsa.gov.

“It’s important to complete the FAFSA early to take advantage of all of the financial aid opportunities available for North Carolinians,” said Robbie Schultz, of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority and CFNC coordinator of the FAFSA Day program.  “Students and parents don’t need to worry if they aren’t sure how to answer all of the questions on the form.  That’s why we have arranged to have experienced financial aid specialists to help at each FAFSA Day site.”

Filing 2012 federal taxes early will simplify FAFSA completion.  Those who file well in advance of FAFSA Day can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA form to transfer their tax information directly onto their FAFSA.

Another option for students and parents with a few questions on completing the FAFSA is the FAFSA Phone-In offered every Tuesday night in February.  Financial aid specialists and experts will be available to answer specific FAFSA questions on the toll-free number, 866-866-CFNC (2362), between 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information on the FAFSA day at SCC, please contact the SCC Eagle’s 1 Stop at (704) 991-0123.