November 2, 2016

Parents and students get help filing for financial aid

College Goal Sunday will be held Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 20 sites around Colorado. This event is an opportunity for students and parents to get free help in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Northeastern Junior College is a participating site and will be open on Sunday, November 13 from 1-3 PM. Computer labs in E.S. French Hall, Rooms 122 & 123 will be open and staffed by volunteers to help parents and students complete the FAFSA online.
The FAFSA is the first step and a federal requirement for all college students who plan to pay for college with the help of grants, scholarships, student loans and parent loans. This form can be a bit overwhelming to a parent that is seeing it for the first time. With the help of volunteers who work in financial aid every day, completing it will be much easier.
Those students who show up at Northeastern to complete their FAFSA are asked to register to win a $1,000 scholarship to be used for the 2017-2018 academic year at Northeastern.  This scholarship is sponsored by Northeastern Junior College Foundation.
You need not be planning to attend NJC to receive assistance completing your FAFSA—the volunteers in Sterling November 13th, will help you regardless which college the student may plan to apply for and enroll.
Families need to bring their 2015 federal tax records or at least their 2015 W-2 forms to complete the FAFSA. They also need to know their social security number, have a driver’s license (if any) and records of any untaxed income (temporary assistance, welfare, etc.) for 2015. Also helpful in the FAFSA completion process will be your 2015 bank statements and any business and investment mortgage information; business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you need to bring your alien registration card.  If possible, please register for a FSA ID prior to attending College Goal Sunday.  This will allow you to electronically sign your FAFSA for faster processing.  You can do this by going to the FSA ID website.
The FAFSA should be completed by all families who have college-age children as soon as possible. The earlier in the year it is completed, the more likely it is that a student will qualify and receive all the financial aid for which he or she is eligible. Delaying completion of the FAFSA may affect your financial aid awards at various colleges as sometimes it is the FAFSA completion date that determines eligibility when numerous students are vying for the same dollars. Students are required to complete a new FAFSA each year.
For more information, contact Northeastern Junior College financial aid office at 521-6800 before November 11th.