Tusculum College to provide financial aid information during events at local high schools in January
Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will be traveling to each of the local high schools in January to help students and their parents learn more about available funding for higher education.
As a community service, the Financial Aid staff will host “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 general information about financial aid for college.
Events are scheduled Jan. 18, 20, 24, 27 and 31. FAFSA Frenzy at Chuckey-Doak will be from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. The event at South Greene will be Jan. 20 from 5 - 7 p.m. At North Greene, the event will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Jan. 24. West Greene’s FAFSA Frenzy will be 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. FAFSA Frenzy concludes with an event Jan. 31 at Greeneville High School from 5 - 7 p.m. In case of school closures due to inclement weather on any of those days, the events will be rescheduled.
Whichever event they attend, students and their families are welcome to drop in anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance.
“The financial aid process can appear daunting for students and parents who are new to the process, and we want to help all families with the necessary steps they need to take to obtain the financial aid they need,” said Melissa Ripley, director of operations and marketing for admission at Tusculum College. “The college is pleased to be able to provide this resource to our community, to share the expertise of the Financial Aid staff with parents and students, and help them learn more about the variety of funding available.”
Students and parents are encouraged to bring their 2010 tax returns and receive assistance in filling out the FASFA during the event. If the 2010 federal income tax return is unavailable, the students and parents should bring their year-end paystubs, w-2 forms, and the previous year’s federal income tax return.
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 prior to February 1 to assure that their applications will be considered for aid types that typically become limited or exhausted long before school begins in August.
For more information about FAFSA Frenzy, please contact Ripley at 636-7374 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Clay Wilkerson, senior financial aid counselor, at 636-7312 ext. 5157 or email@example.com.