February is Financial Aid Awareness month and Kirtland Community College is reminding parents and college-bound students to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms at www.fafsa.gov by March 1 in order to get priority handling for the 2013-14 school year.
If you are a student planning to attend college in the fall, OR if you have a student who may be college-bound this fall, now is the time to investigate and apply for financial aid. Don’t be intimidated – millions of families do this successfully each year. The goal of financial aid programs is to reduce or eliminate the economic barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling educational plans.
Here are some things you need to know about Financial Aid:
- Applying for financial aid is FREE! Check out www.studentaid.ed.gov to access planning tips and readiness checklists to help with your financial aid planning.
- You need certain information and documents to complete the FAFSA application. Go to www.fafsa.gov to begin your application, save it, and complete it at a later time if you don’t have all of your required paperwork.
- You can list multiple colleges on your FAFSA. Listing colleges on your aid forms does not commit you to attending that institution. If you’re not sure where you plan to attend college, you don’t have to list any colleges on your FAFSA right now. But remember, getting your FAFSA completed early will make selecting and applying for college much easier.
- You need to reapply for financial aid every year even if you or your student are currently receiving aid. FAFSA saves your information and reminds you when it is time to resubmit your application.
- Financial resources are available. During the 2011-12 school year, more than 80% of first-time Kirtland students received financial assistance. In total, financial aid provided approximately $8.5 million dollars toward education costs for all Kirtland students.
If you’re considering Kirtland among your college options, we can help guide you through the process of identifying the right financial aid package for you and your family. Contact Student Financial Services at 989-275-5000 ext. 257 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas. Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.
For more information on programs at Kirtland, contact 989-275-5000, ext. 284 or visit our website at http://www.kirtland.edu.