CROP hosting financial aid workshop


Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

If you have a student headed to college, but are worried you may not be able to pay for tuition, books and other related expenses, then you don't want to miss an opportunity to get financial aid information from an expert from the Florida Department of Education at the Financial Aid Workshop 2.

Facts

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP

* What: Financial Aid Workshop 2, with a discussion and individual help.

* When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

* Where: Santa Fe College Center for
* Innovation & Economic Development, 530 W. University Ave.

* Information: Call 352-395-5268.

Sponsored by the Santa Fe College College Reach-Out Program, the workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the SF College Center for Innovation & Economic Development, or CIED, at 530 W. University Ave.

Tarcha Rentz, director of the College Reach-Out Program, or CROP, said financial aid expert, Lori Auxier, director of Outreach Services in the Office of Student Financial Aid at the Florida Department of Education, will discuss financial aid topics, including the different types of financial aid and how to apply for financial aid. She also will answer individual questions about federal and state financial aid. Rentz said Auxier trained Santa Fe financial aid staff in December.

"She will be able to address any questions," Rentz said. "She can answer questions about individual cases and unique situations," said Rentz, adding that some students have unique living situations, such as foster care, homelessness, or living with people other than their family.

At the workshop, Rentz said students and their parents will be able to discuss their concerns in a small group or a one-on-one setting.

CROP is a free college preparatory program, not to be confused with the credit retrieval program. CROP, which serves students in grades 6-12, is a state-funded program that offers after-school tutoring, academic counseling, mentoring and a summer enrichment program to help students graduate from high school and succeed in college.

Rentz said CROP is not accepting applications for the current school year, but will consider cases individually. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will become available in August. Participation in CROP requires that students are potential first-generation college students, have a grade point average below 2.5, score low on the FCAT, be enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program or receive other government assistance.

Rentz, who noted that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, became available online on Jan. 1, recommends that all students heading to college complete the form, which is necessary in order to be considered for financial aid.

To complete the FAFSA, go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/.

Since different institutions have different FAFSA filing dates, Rentz suggested filing as soon as possible to get the most aid available. She said students and parents can go online at any time and update their FAFSA if their circumstances change. If the 2013 income tax return is not available, students and their parents can use the 2012 income tax information and then update it once the 2013 tax returns have been filed.

FAFSA help also will be available at College Goal Sunday, a free statewide event to be held from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Santa Fe College, Building R, Room 122 at the northwest campus at 3000 NW 83rd St. For more information, call 352-395-5480.

At Eastside High School, help with the FAFSA will be available at the Financial Aid Help Session from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the school at 1201 SE 45th Terrace. For more information, call 352-955-6704.

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