Free FAFSA days coming to Pendleton, Lapel


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South Madison County - Students looking for additional information regarding one of the most important documents to help with financial aid will have the chance to have their questions answered one on one throughout the month of February.

The South Madison Community Foundation recently announced a number of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Days, which are scheduled starting today through the end of the month.

SMCF Donor and Community Development Officer Tammy Bowman said FASFA forms are very important for those looking at college funding, and that those looking to continue their education after high school graduation will most likely need to fill out the forms if seeking financial aid.

“These days it’s so important because they (the forms) are the starting gate for all financial aid of every kind,” Bowman said. “FASFA forms need to be filled out for all state and federal grants, federal loans, most institutional aid and many local scholarships.”

She said the five announced dates will give students the opportunity to ask questions and get one on one advice about the forms.

“February will present five opportunities for Madison County families to work directly with a representative of the National Center for College Costs on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,” Bowman said.

Last year, about 1,800 students attended the FASFA days in Madison County.

Those days are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Lapel High School, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Pendleton Heights High School, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Ivy Tech Community College in Anderson, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 19, at Hinds Career Center in Elwood and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Anderson High School.

“Because FASFA forms are the best way to remove the financial barriers to funding higher education, it’s a vital step in having in person, one on one assistance,” Bowman said. “That assistance helps people take that next step, even though they might find the process intimidating if they were to go it alone.”

Last year, the National Center for College Costs conducted 50 FAFSA days throughout Indiana, helping students and families claim over $10 million in financial aid. In Madison County, average aid for each student was $6,522.

RSVPs are not needed to attend the events.

For more information about FAFSA days, contact the National Center for College Costs toll free at (877) 687-7291.

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