SCC Demystifies Financial Aid at Feb. 5 Event

01/27/2020

Southeastern Community College will offer complimentary assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at its FAFSA Ready Iowa event on Wednesday, February 5.

The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at both the West Burlington and Keokuk campuses. The West Burlington event will be held in room 192 and the Keokuk event will be located in room 417.

"Filing for financial aid can be intimidating for students of any age and their families," says SCC Financial Aid Director Stacey Abell. "We help people through the process so they know it is right the first time. Even families who have completed the FAFSA before find comfort in having assistance with the application process, so they come back every year."

This event is free and open to students of any age or income, regardless of which college they plan to attend. There is no need to pre-register; attendees will be assisted throughout the afternoon and evening on a first-come, first-served basis. Staff members from the SCC Financial Aid Office, the Educational Opportunity Center, and various other college departments will be on-hand to guide students through the FAFSA and to answer questions about financial aid.

Abell recommends that students under age 24 attend with at least one parent or guardian. Most traditional college-age students are required to include parental information on their FAFSA, so it's important that both the student and at least one parent attend.

To complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA, students and parents should each bring the following:

• Social Security number, driver's license number and date of birth
• 2018 federal and state tax returns, complete with all schedules and worksheets
• W-2 forms or other records of income earned in 2018
• Current bank statements and investment records
• Records of untaxed income received last year
• Your A-Number (if not a U.S. citizen)

With scholarship deadlines coming up, Abell says it's important for students to complete the FAFSA soon.

"I encourage students to file as soon as they can to give them a better chance at receiving more state and institutional aid. SCC's priority deadline date is March 1 to coincide with the SCC Foundation Scholarship Application deadline."

A complete list of required information and documents, as well as frequently asked questions and other financial aid resources, can be found at https://www.icansucceed.org/about-ican/services/special-events/fafsa-ready-iowa/resources.

Students and parents may register in advance for an FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA and make future changes. To create an FSA ID or retrieve a forgotten FSA ID, visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.

Students who are unable to attend this event are encouraged to contact the Educational Opportunity Center located at SCC. Appointments are available year-round to provide assistance with filing the FAFSA. For more information, call 319-208-5026.

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