SSU helps students with financial aid

Published 9:54 am Thursday, January 22, 2009

PORTSMOUTH ā€” Applying for financial aid for education beyond high school can be confusing, especially with the forms that are required for federal and state aid programs.

Students and their families searching for financial aid for college can get help through a free statewide workshop, ā€œCollege Goal Sunday,ā€ at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the University Center at Shawnee State University.

The event is presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administration and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents to assist students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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The FAFSA is a federal application required to receive federal financial aid such as the Federal Pell Grant, student loans and other forms of public and private support.

OASFAA offers resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education.

The goal of this state-wide financial aid event is to help students and families complete the FAFSA to receive federal student grants and loans to fund their college education.

The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution of their choice. Studies show that a student is 50 percent more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA.

Because of the great demand expected for assistance in completing the FASFA, families are encouraged to register for the free event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling Nicole Montgomery at (740) 351-3140 or e-mail nmontgomery@shawnee.edu.

While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Record numbers are expected.