Education

College financial aid deadlines quickly approaching

Posted February 22, 2013

— Financial aid deadlines for college students are fast approaching, some as early as March 1.

Wake Technical Community College is one of many sites hosting a FAFSA Day this Saturday to help students and parents with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Regina Huggins, Wake Tech's dean of financial aid, says it's important to meet the priority filing deadlines for the grants and loans.

Deadline looms for college students to apply for aid Deadline looms for college students to apply for aid

“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.”

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  • Ex-Republican Feb 22, 6:39 p.m.

    "Then they go $150,000 in debt to earn degrees in social work, communications, women's studies, and liberal arts, which will give them just enough skills to run hot water through ground-up beans. This is an unsustainable model that will collapse at some point." Pseudonym

    Excellent point!!! Frankly, if Big Gov is going to help pay for education, they should provide financial incentives for only engineering and science degrees. Real science - not social science.

  • snowl Feb 22, 6:03 p.m.

    "It's not a right, to go to college. If you can't afford to go, you shouldn't go. Just like its not a right to buy a house, you buy if you can afford it."
    uscnnc

    This comment above makes no sense and makes me angry, quite frankly. If a smart person cannot afford to go to college, and they don't go, they won't be able to get a good enough paying job to purchase this home that.. "they cannot afford".. because.. they did not go to college. This person is saying only those with enough money can get ahead in this country...I've got choice words for you, but they won't pass the guidelines here...

  • mtnmama Feb 22, 5:34 p.m.

    Balderdash! Just cash n some stock or borrow from your parents like Mitt Romney said.

  • eddybal Feb 22, 5:23 p.m.

    Wow, quite a bunch of education experts her.e I am just glad that they spend their time in these forums and leave the real world to better informed people.

  • Pseudonym Feb 22, 5:08 p.m.

    We as a country need to totally rethink how we approach education, from pre-K all the way up to doctorate degrees. Spending $10,000 per year per child, then they can't read their own high school diplomas. Then they go $150,000 in debt to earn degrees in social work, communications, women's studies, and liberal arts, which will give them just enough skills to run hot water through ground-up beans. This is an unsustainable model that will collapse at some point.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 22, 4:51 p.m.

    "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."

    I really wish someone would education people that say these kinds of things. Unless it is money being given by a PRIVATE individual, then there is NO FREE. Money from the government is taken from other people or worse yet, is borrowed.

  • Whatever Geez Feb 22, 4:51 p.m.

    Close to 60 percent more borrowed by students this year vs. 10 years ago. Of course it's sustainable!!

    nighttrain2010

    What they "fail" to mention is yes, people are borrowing more money but they are also receiving refunds off of this money to live off of; there is probably not a way to figure out if the money they borrow is just toward tuition or not.

  • roger3746 Feb 22, 4:36 p.m.

    and of course you do realize the free phone meme originated through policies by Ronald Reagan and furthered by George Bush, Junior, right?

    We have learned of late that a President is not responsible for what happens during their term. Bush nor Obama are.

    As for phones. I am good with free landlines for an emergency and even a cellphone for the same reason.. but why do they need minutes ? All cellphones, by law, have to be in service for 911 calls if there is a service provider or not. Just take an old phone from the drawer and power it up and see. You can dial 911... So why do the cellphones come with minutes ??

  • uscnnc Feb 22, 4:27 p.m.

    It's not a right, to go to college. If you can't afford to go, you shouldn't go. Just like its not a right to buy a house, you buy if you can afford it.

  • RockGuitar Feb 22, 3:49 p.m.

    superman: your attempt at humor falls flat. please discard your sean insanity talking points and find some new material.

    and of course you do realize the free phone meme originated through policies by Ronald Reagan and furthered by George Bush, Junior, right?

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