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Students Receive Help Filing the FAFSA Before Deadlines



By Chris Hassan
Posted February 18, 2013 01:00 PM

Students receive help beating FAFSA deadlines.
Students receive help beating FAFSA deadlines.

The new year is well underway, which means current and prospective college students who require assistance paying for their associate's or bachelor's degree will want to make filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a priority. Since applicants have from January 1 through June 30, 2013 to submit this form, it is likely many of them have already done so. This could be problematic for those who have not; some federal aid programs select students as their applications are received, so those who submit their forms closer to the deadline may miss out.

Many officials from colleges and universities understand that, for whatever reason, students do not always complete the FAFSA in a timely manner, and are prepared to offer assistance.

Missouri Caught in a FAFSA Frenzy

Students who reside in Missouri and plan on filling out the FAFSA for the 2013-2014 academic year must do so by April 1, 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website. To ensure that students meet this deadline, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, the Lumina Foundation for Education and USA Funds have joined forces to provide FAFSA Frenzy events throughout the state.

On February 24, Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield will host a free FAFSA Frenzy event, which will bring together financial aid advisers, as well as volunteers from nearby colleges and public schools, according to a press release. Students and their families are welcome to attend, get help filing the FAFSA and receive information on other opportunities for financial assistance, such as scholarships.

Utah University Observes FAFSA February

With only a few weeks remaining before students in some parts of the country need to submit the FAFSA, a few states have dubbed this month FAFSA February - a time to get serious about filing the form. In Utah, for example, Weber State University is offering free help on a first-come, first-served basis at several sites, according to the institution's website.

Texas University Provides Help Through Online Video

For current and prospective students interested in receiving help paying for their education at St. Edward's University in Texas, time is running out. That is because the institution encourages students to complete the FAFSA for the 2013-2014 academic year by March 1, 2013. As time is of the essence, the university has released a two-minute FAFSA tutorial video on its website. During the brief video, Steven Peterson, director of student financial services at St. Edward's walks viewers through the FAFSA filing process.

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