High school seniors thinking about going to college in the fall need to gather the information they need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
FAFSA is the form students fill out to see if they qualify for federal and state grants and loans. They should send the FAFSA even if they don't think they'll qualify for aid, because many colleges use the information from the form to award grants and scholarships administered by the schools.
Don Harrison, the Guidance Director at Northview High School, advises students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. He said students will need their parents W-2 forms to complete the application.
The FAFSA asks for information about income, assets and expenses. The information is used in a formula set by Congress to determine how much federal and state aid the student is eligible for.
Both students and their parents have to provide information if the student is considered dependent under federal guidelines.
Nearly all students going directly to college from high school are considered dependent students.
The quickest, easiest way to fill out the FAFSA is online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students who submit the FAFSA online usually get a response a week or two faster than those who mail in the paper application.
Northview will not provide paper copies of the form at the high school this year.
Students will need to apply online, or call a school-provided phone number to request a paper copy be mailed.
Pat Garvin from Indiana State University's financial aid office will be holding a workshop at Northview on Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m., to help students and families fill out forms.