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KCC Reminds Students and Parents: February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

Now is the Time to Apply for FAFSA

Attention Parents and College-Bound Students!

February is Financial Aid Awareness month.  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!

Here are some things you need to know about Financial Aid:

  1. March 1st is Michigan’s priority deadline to apply for 2012-2013 federal financial aid.  Learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  2. Applying for financial aid is FREE!  Check out Student Aid on the Web right away at www.studentaid.ed.gov to access planning tips and readiness checklists.
  3. You will need certain information and documents to complete the FAFSA application.  Don’t worry!  You can begin your application, save it, and complete it at a later time if you don’t have everything you need.  Just remember to apply before March 1st!
  4. You can list multiple colleges on your FAFSA.  Listing colleges on your aid forms does not commit you to attending that institution.  Not sure?  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.
  5. You will need to reapply for financial aid every year even if your student is currently receiving aid.  FAFSA saves your information and reminds you when it is time to resubmit your application.

Financial resources are available for you!  During the 2010-2011 school year, 82% of first-time Kirtland Community College students received financial assistance.  In total, financial aid provided almost $10 million dollars toward education costs for all Kirtland students. If you’re considering Kirtland among your college options, the Financial Aid Office is here to help guide you through the process of identifying the right financial aid package for you and your family.  Contact Kirtland at 989-275-5000 ext. 257 for additional information.

The goal of financial aid programs is to reduce or eliminate the economic barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling educational plans.  Remember to check out www.studentaid.ed.gov for more information about financial aid, and complete your FAFSA application online at www.fafsa.gov.  Start planning for your student’s tomorrow today!