North Idaho College and the Idaho State Board of Education will offer assistance on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the standard form used by most colleges and universities to award financial aid.
Financial aid experts will assist individuals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 in McLain Hall on NIC's main Coeur d'Alene campus.
In order to receive assistance, those attending the workshop must have a PIN for the FAFSA. Apply for one prior to the workshop by visiting www.pin.ed.gov. Also students should bring their social security number, driver's license, 2009 W2 forms and other records of money the student or their parents earned in 2009 (including the student or parents' federal income tax return, the student's and parents' untaxed income records, current bank statements and investment records.
Assistance will be provided to all individuals regardless of what college or university they are planning to attend. The event will also include door prizes and snacks. Parking permits are not required to park on the NIC campus on the weekends.
The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process. It is used to apply for federal student financial aid, such as Pell Grants, student loans and the Work-Study program. In addition, most colleges use FAFSA information to award their own financial aid.
Each college typically has their own priority deadline for financial aid materials, but most initial or priority deadlines are in early spring. Individuals are encouraged to apply early for best consideration. The deadlines for each college may be different from the federal deadlines and some colleges may require additional forms.
Additional information is available at the FAFSA website at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ or at the NIC financial aid website at www.nic.edu/financialaid.
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