Raleigh, N.C. — Financial aid deadlines for college students are fast approaching, some as early as March 1.
Regina Huggins, Wake Tech's dean of financial aid, says it's important to meet the priority filing deadlines for the grants and loans.
“If you miss that deadline, it's likely you've missed out on some free aid,” she said. “You do have to research. Do your homework. You're purchasing a product.”
It will be easier to complete the FAFSA for those who have filed their taxes. Those who haven’t can still apply by estimating their tax information. They should then update the FAFSA once they’ve filed.
Noah Boyd, who works as student ambassador at Wake Tech, filled out his student aid applications with his mother and sister, who all decided to attend college at the same time.
“We support each other. If I’ve just taken a biology class, my mom is taking one. I’ll help her with that,” he said.
Boyd says he is getting ready to graduate from Wake Tech and hopes to transfer to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study psychology.
“I'm coming out of this debt-free, thankfully, because of the way the financial aid works,” he said. “It's very, very helpful.”