Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will be traveling to each of the local high schools for events in January and February to help students and their parents learn more about available funding for higher education.
“FAFSA Frenzy” events will be held at the high schools to provide free assistance to students and their parents in filling out FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms as well as providing information about financial aid for college.
Events are scheduled Jan. 14 at Chuckey-Doak High School, Feb. 2 at Greeneville High School, Feb. 4 at North Greene High School, Feb. 8 at West Greene High School, and Feb. 9 at South Greene High School.
The event at Chuckey-Doak will be from 3-6 p.m. The events at GHS, North Greene, South Greene and West Greene are scheduled from 5 – 8 p.m. Whichever event they attend, students and their families are welcome to drop in anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance.
“With the economic downturn, we want to help families obtain all the financial aid they need and provide information about what is available,” said Melissa Ripley, director of operations and marketing for admission at Tusculum College. “The college is pleased to able to provide this service to our community.”
Students and parents can bring their 2009 tax returns and receive assistance in filling out the FASFA during the event.
FAFSA forms are used to determine eligibility for federal and state funds such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and work-study programs, and must be completed each academic year for which a student wishes to seek aid.
Students and parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. Individuals can apply for aid for the upcoming year as early as January 1. Tusculum’s Financial Aid Office recommends that students apply by Feb. 15 to assure that their applications will be considered for aid types that typically become limited or exhausted before August.