North Idaho College and the Idaho State Board of Education will offer assistance on completing the 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the standard form used by most colleges and universities to award financial aid. Financial aid experts will assist individuals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Flexible Learning Center in McLain Hall on NIC’s main Coeur d’Alene campus and at Sandpoint High School.
Additional sessions will also be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Coeur d’Alene High School; Thursday, Feb. 16 at Lakeland High School; and Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Kellogg High School.
The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process. It is used to apply for federal student financial aid, such as Pell Grants, student loans and the Work-Study program. In addition, most colleges use FAFSA information to award their own financial aid.
Assistance will be provided to all individuals regardless of what college or university they are planning to attend. The event will also include door prizes and snacks as well as detailed information on changes in federal financial aid being imposed for fall 2012. Changes include a change in lifetime eligibility for Pell Grants and new requirements for students to have either a GED or high school diploma to qualify for financial aid in most circumstances.
Students and/or parents should bring their Social Security number, driver’s license, 2011 W2 forms, 2011 Federal Tax Return (if filed) and other records of money the student or their parents earned in 2011 (including the student’s and parents’ untaxed income records, current bank statements and investment records).
Additional information is available at the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov/ or at the NIC financial aid website at www.nic.edu/financialaid.