FAFSA Assistance Program slated for Feb. 10 at WTC

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Williamsburg Technical College in Kingstree will host an event on Monday, Feb. 10, from 6-8 p.m. in the Collegeís auditorium to assist members of the public with the financial aid application process. The event is part of the College Goal South Carolina annual movement which helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the single most important financial aid form a college student will complete when applying for college.

In addition to getting professional help to complete the FAFSA at the WTC event, students are also provided information on state scholarship programs as well as information about the stateís two- and four-year higher education institutions.

Persons who attend the event should come prepared with the following information to successfully complete the FAFSA: social security number; alien registration number (if not a U.S. citizen); 2013 federal income tax returns (if submitting the FAFSA for fall 2014 enrollment; 2012 income information if starting in summer 2014), W-2s, and other records of money earned; bank statements and records of investments (if applicable); records of untaxed income (if applicable); Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically (obtainable at www.pin.ed.gov). Dependent students (those under 24) should bring a parent or legal guardian and will need the listed items from their parent or legal guardian.

College Goal South Carolina is open to all college-bound students regardless of age. Whether a traditional student right out of high school or an adult who is returning or pursuing higher education for the first time, College Goal South Carolina will help persons complete the FAFSA accurately and on time. Many students are not sure if they will be attending right after high school. When completing the FAFSA, students arenít obligated to attend college. However, by completing it, they ensure that they wonít miss any deadlines, which is important in case they decide to apply to college later in the year.

FAFSA information is shared with the colleges and/or career schools listed by the student on the application. The financial aid office at a college uses the information to determine how much federal student aid a student may receive at that college. If the college has other sources of financial aid funding, it might use your FAFSA information to determine eligibility for that aid as well. Information also goes to the state higher education agency, as well as to agencies of the states where chosen colleges/schools are located.

For more information on the Feb. 10 WTC College Goal event or FAFSA and financial aid opportunities in general, call the WTC Office of Financial Aid at 843-355-4167 or email boosj@wiltech.edu.

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