The Missouri Western Financial Aid office is encouraging every student attending classes in the 2011-12 school year to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid before March 1.
The priority deadline for FAFSA is March 1. To submit their FAFSA, students must fill out tax forms for 2010, and possibly their parents’ taxes for 2010 if they live in their household.
Director of Financial Aid, Marilyn Baker, strongly considers submitting your FAFSA before the deadline.
“You need to do it prior to March first for priority financial aid purposes,” Baker said. “(We) highly encourage them to complete the 2011-12 FAFSA, which is available now, online. It’s there. It’s ready.”
If students need help filling out their FAFSA, Western will hold the annual “FAFSA Frenzy” this weekend.
On Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., Western will give free help to students who need it. This includes students who attend Western, as well as high school students; incoming freshman and their parents are welcomed to come. Financial aid professionals will be on hand to assist those who need it. You may also have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship just by attending. That is just one scholarship among many that will be handed out.
“We have financial aid like SUG (Student University Grant) which is a grant, work study, purposes loans, those type of aid scholarships,” Baker said. All of these will be available if students submit their FAFSA before March 1.
Students should bring their W-2 forms and 2010 tax returns. If forms are not ready, students should still bring their W-2 forms, but bring 2010 statements of interest earned and their 2009 forms.
According to the FAFSA Frenzy pamphlet, available at numerous locations around campus, if “inclement weather” occurs, the event will be held just one week later, on Sunday, Feb. 20. The FAFSA Frenzy will be located in Spratt Hall.
If students are unable to attend, they will still have two weeks before the priority deadline to get the information needed so they are able to get grant money that is available.