SPOKANE, WA. High school students are only a few months away from transitioning to college and other higher education.
Now is the time to take advantage of the free money and apply for financial aid, but some families may need help getting started.
That’s why the College Success Foundation is hosting a series of virtual financial aid information sessions via Zoom specifically for students in the Spokane area.
The first of six classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 17 to help students and families complete financial aid applications.
This includes the FAFSA, the federal application for scholarships, grants, loans and work-study, and the WAFSA, a special Washington financial aid form that gives undocumented students access to financial aid for their education.
Shannon Demont, regional director of the College Success Foundation in Spokane, says students and families should apply soon for one or the other.
“Washington is one of the most generous states when it comes to financial aid, so we say to students, apply and take advantage of all those free dollars that are available to you because it really opens up so many opportunities,” Demont said .
Demont says that while there’s no hard deadline for financial aid applications, it’s a good idea to fill them out within the next three to four weeks to allow time for processing.
The virtual classes with the College Success Foundation from 18:00 to 20:00 until the end of January and in February on the following days:
- Tuesday, January 17
- Wednesday, January 18
- Wednesday, January 25
- Thursday, January 26
- Thursday, February 9
- Wednesday, February 15
Here’s what you’ll need to have with you when you drop by for class:
- Student and parent(s) email addresses
- Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth of Students and Parent(s)
- For green card holders, please provide your A number.
- 2021 Federal Tax Information or Return(s).
- Any entries are exempt from income tax
- Cash, savings and current account balances
- Investment information other than your primary residence
Financial aid counselors from local universities will be available to answer questions and meet with participants privately in virtual rooms.
Spokane Public Schools says the information sessions will be helpful for those who attend, but all five SPS high schools and the On Track Academy have college career facilitators who can also provide additional assistance.
“We also know that some families have difficult or difficult financial situations and need a lot of talking,” said the executive director. Director of Student Success at SPS Scott Kerwin. “That’s what these people are there for, so please reach out and ask questions.”
If you would benefit more from personal help with the FAFSA and WAFSA, The College Success Foundation is also partnering with STCU to host several in-person information sessions.
Here are the dates and locations:
|Thursday, January 19
17:30 – 19:30
|Northtown Square branch of UNTC.
4727 N. Division St., Office 105
Spokane, Washington 99205.
|February 7, Tuesday
17:30 – 19:30
|STCU North Spokane Branch.
207 E. Hastings Road.
Spokane, Washington 99218.
|Thursday, February 16
17:30 – 19:30
|STCU Spokane Valley Branch.
13501 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99216.
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