Experts to help complete college financial aid forms

Posted January 19, 2011 3:32 p.m. EST

— College financial aid officers will be at more than 100 locations across North Carolina on Feb. 19 to help high school seniors and their families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms, also known as FAFSA.

Filing a FAFSA form is required for a student to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid programs for college.

"It is important to complete the FAFSA early to take advantage of all of the financial aid opportunities available," Robbie Schultz, of the North Carolina Education Assistance Authority, said in a statement. "Students and parents don't need to worry if they aren't sure how to answer all of the questions on the form. That's why we have arranged to have experienced financial aid specialists to help."

Participants should bring completed 2010 tax forms for both parents and the student or W-2 forms and other income and asset documentation if the tax returns haven't been completed.

The College Foundation of North Carolina also has financial aid experts available from 5 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday during February to answer questions by phone. They can be reached toll-free at 866-866-CFNC (2362).

The list of FAFSA Day locations statewide can be found at the CFNC website.