Santa Fe will offer financial aid workshop

Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.

Area residents thinking about attending college can get a head start on seeking financial aid this week as Santa Fe College hosts the fourth College Goal Sunday.

College Goal Sunday is a national event for low-income and first-generation students who hope to attend college and need help finding federal assistance.

Forty financial experts will help attendees and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

"Last year, we served over 150 students and we had about 300 people attend," said Maureen McFarlane, associate director of financial aid at Santa Fe College.

Adults who want to attend any secondary school, including trade schools that accept federal financial aid, are also encouraged to attend the event.

High school seniors, students at technical schools and college students are strongly encouraged to come to the event with any questions about federal assistance.

The event, which is being held at Santa Fe's main campus at 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Building N, Room 216, is ideal for people who may be intimidated by the FAFSA form or who want to give themselves a due date to finish the application because they know getting it in early may improve their chances of obtaining assistance.

"Depending on the institution, the early applications tend to get the most financial aid available," McFarlane said.

There will also be scholarship drawings for students who attend. Last year, a $500 scholarship was awarded.

Assistance will be available in Spanish and Creole, in addition to English.

"We have it at Santa Fe, but it's for anybody at any institution," McFarlane said.

Participants are asked to bring their Social Security number, a 2009 bank statement, government-issued photo ID, any business or mortgage documents, and any untaxed income records for 2009.

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