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FAFSA Day events this Saturday to help students apply for financial aid

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Free expert help applying for college financial aid will be available on February 20 at locations across North Carolina. With the cost of college rising, financial aid is more important than ever for many North Carolina families, but some eligible students aren’t taking advantage.

According to a recent study, North Carolina high school graduates missed out on a reported $87.6 million in Pell Grants, free federal money for low- and middle-income students. The study also found that 47% of NC high school graduates didn’t fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or failed to complete it. The average eligible North Carolina student left $2,038 in financial aid on the table.

To help students access available financial aid, the College Foundation of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will host FAFSA Day on February 20, 2016. From Monday, February 22 through Friday, February 26, 2016, all State Employees Credit Union branches will also be available to assist students and families with FAFSA completion during regular business hours.

To participate:

  • Register at a participating location near you online or by phone at 866-866-CFNC
  • If possible, file student’s and parents’ 2015 taxes ahead of time
  • Bring an FSA ID for the student AND for one parent, student’s and parents’ federal 1040 tax forms for 2015, and a 2016-2017 FAFSA on the Web worksheet with you

For more information, take a look at our tips on student loans at