A series of workshops will be held throughout Western New York during the next six weeks to help students find money to attend college through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
“More than 1.5 million college-bound students nationwide do not fill out a FAFSA because they mistakenly think they don’t qualify for financial aid,” said Curt Guame, director of financial aid at Canisius College.
“Yet a third of these students would qualify for a Pell Grant of up to $5,645 – that’s money that doesn’t have to be paid back – and more than half of those not filing would have qualified for a low-cost federal loan that is not dependent on financial need,” Guame explained.
The New York State Higher Education Services Corp. and financial aid administrators from local colleges will help students apply for FAFSA at the workshops.
For information and registration, visit www.StartHereGetThere.org.
Workshops will be held Jan. 25 at Fredonia State College; Feb. 1 at Falconer Central School; Feb. 4 at East Aurora High School; Feb. 5 at Depew High School; Feb. 8 at Bennett High School in Buffalo; Feb. 12 at Niagara Falls High School; and Feb. 22 at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, Niagara County Community College and Alfred State College.