Feb 10, 2010 1:33 PM

Help available for college aid forms

Future college students can get help with the daunting FAFSA forms later this month at Pueblo Community College.  As part of a state-wide program titled College Goal Sunday, financial aid experts will be on hand to provide free help from 2 to 4 p.m. in Pueblo Community College's Hoag Theatre on February 21.  FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Filling out the FAFSA form is the critical first step for students who plan to pay for college with the help of grants, scholarships, student employment and student loans. It is used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine a student's financial need.

Rosina Chaparro, Financial Aid Advisor at PCC, said College Goal Sunday is an excellent vehicle for students to get their FAFSA forms processed early.

"The professionals who will be there will take all of the worry out of students needing to fill out their FAFSA form and they will provide one-on-one help," Chaparro said. "Plus, there will be workshops where students can learn about loans, scholarships, grants and work-study money that is available to them for college."

Students should bring their 2009 income tax return, or their parents' 2009 return. If they haven't done their tax returns yet, they should bring their 2009 tax information or their last paycheck stub received at the end of December 2009. Parents are encouraged to accompany students.

Hoag Theatre is in the lower level of PCC's Davis Academic Building, which is located at the corner of Orman Ave. and Arthur St.



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