Apply for grant funding awarded by FAFSA

By KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018

Students who are seeking help paying for college can apply for financial aid to minimize their graduation debt. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be available for students to fill out online beginning on Oct. 1.  

This application is for the 2019-2020 academic year. There is plenty of time for students to complete the application since the deadline closes after the next school year starts, but the risk in waiting is that the funds are limited.   

“When those funds run out, they’re gone. So we encourage students to get them done as soon as possible,” Tina McFerrin, of Sterling College financial aid, said.  

The application has opened earlier this year, and applying early can be very beneficial for students needing federal funding.  

“The first benefit is that you don’t have to pay money to complete it. There is a mobile app available this year so that they can do this on their phone too. Another thing I would mention is its based on the 2017 tax information,” McFerrin said.  

The financial aid offices are located on the first floor of Kelsey Hall. They want to help students receive funding, know where they are financially, and have plenty of time to gather any necessary documents.  

“If they don’t get it done soon, life gets busy, then in the summer they are sitting there completing their FAFSA, but they’ve missed out on those potential funding opportunities. So we don’t want that to happen. You can always come into the financial aid office for assistance. We want to award that grant funding to as many students as possible,” McFerrin said.  

To fill out the FAFSA, visit fafsa.ed.gov and direct all questions towards the financial aid workers.