Now is the time for current high school seniors, as well as current college students, who need financial aid to be filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As its name states, the FAFSA is free for all families and assists students in receiving federally funded aid for college. This aid can come in the form of grants, scholarships, work study and loans.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, the state of North Carolina will hold its annual FAFSA Day. This is a day set aside for families to get free assistance with filling out financial aid forms. The service is being offered through CFNC.org and locations are offered throughout the entire state. To register for this assistance, log on to CFNC.org.
For those students residing in Wake County, additional financial aid is offered in every public high school. Through the Financial Aid Advisor Program, sponsored by Wake County Schools, families can get free assistance with financial planning for post-secondary education.
From mid-October through May, each high school has a financial advisor who assists families one day a week. For additional information, you should check with the Student Services Department in your child’s high school.
Christine M. Hall, Ed.D., is owner of CMH College Consulting in Cary. Hall, who has children of her own, offers advice on the college application and decision process here on Go Ask Mom from time to time. See some of her earlier posts in the box above.