WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) -- Prospective college or technical school students and their parents have help available to properly fill out their financial aid application. The form is called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA, and is used by every campus.
Mary Jo Green is with Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, where they invite students and families to get free help Wednesday evening between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. She says they’re helping everyone properly fill out the form, regardless of where they plan to go to school. “This 2014 FAFSA will be good for the whole year, so if a student hasn’t even decided yet where they will be attending, they can fill out the FAFSA and have it ready when they make that determination.”
Green says the Wednesday night event lets students and families move the financial aid application from the “to do” to the “done” list. “By coming to this event, we will have financial aid folks there who can actually help you do it on the computer, (and) answer your questions as to what information is appropriate and hit that submit button so it’s all done when you leave here Wednesday night.”
Green says the form can seem overwhelming to first time students and also to parents working with their first college bound child. “We’ve heard from many parents and individual students who said they really appreciated the extra help that they received, and many of them did not think that they could get through it without that extra help, so we really want to get the word out and encourage everyone to take advantage.”
Students and parents should come prepared with their most recent federal tax return, 2013 W-2 forms, a listing of assets, savings, investments, business or farm holdings, and a list of 2013 untaxed income.