FAFSA Fridays Provide Assistance in Obtaining Financial Aid
Surry Community College is providing free assistance every week for local students and residents who are applying for financial aid to attend college.
This month, SCC kicked off “FAFSA Fridays,” a weekly counseling session to assist students with completing the U.S. government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is required in order to determine a student’s eligibility for federal grants, loans and work-study programs that help pay for college tuition and expenses. The form must be completed each year.
For 2012, each Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., staff in SCC’s financial aid department will be available to provide guidance on completing the FAFSA from start to finish online. The service is open to current SCC students as well as members of the general public planning to attend college next year.
SCC has served as a host site for the state’s annual ’FAFSA Day’ in February, during which dozens of students arrive at the college’s Dobson and Yadkin campuses to receive help completing their FAFSAs. ‘FAFSA Fridays’ will provide a very similar service but on a more regular basis.
“We felt it would be a great service to our students and to our community to replicate that assistance more frequently,” said Jamie Childress, SCC’s director of student development. “It’s important that the FAFSA is accurate the first time it’s sent out, both for the student and the college. By providing assistance once a week, we feel this will be a win/win for both parties.”
No appointments are necessary to take advantage of “FAFSA Fridays.” Those interested are asked to bring their tax returns, W2s and any information on untaxed income to the session. This will allow them to go through the entire process of completing the FAFSA online and submitting it that day, with staff on hand to answer questions. The financial aid department can be reached at 336-386-3465 to answer questions or to schedule an appointment for an alternate time.
While SCC has a May 1 deadline for completing the FAFSA for the fall term, many four-year colleges and universities have earlier deadlines. Some schools award financial aid on a first-come, first-serve basis, making it important to complete the process as soon as possible.
‘FAFASA Fridays’ are part of SCC’s mission to extend services and educational opportunities to its entire service area of Surry and Yadkin counties. All members of the general public interested in applying for college are encouraged to attend “FAFSA Fridays,” which will be offered throughout the year.
“We want people to understand that if they ever need help from a counselor, there is an open invitation to come in and receive that assistance any week,” Childress said. “We’ll keep on providing this assistance as long as there is interest.”