Vol State Financial Aid Helps with FAFSA

Submitted on January 05, 2011 at 10:52 AM

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid for most colleges and universities. It can be an intimidating document for students and parents alike. Volunteer State Community College is offering free help to fill out the FAFSA in January, February and March, no matter what college or university a student wants to attend.

"College Goal Sunday" will be held on January 30. The Vol State Financial Aid Office will have a special session in the Caudill Hall auditorium from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. College financial aid offices across the nation will be open to help students complete the FAFSA. The application is used to apply for federal student grants, work-study aid, loans, state, and some private aid. There are some important documents students will need, before starting the application, including 2010 tax forms and W-2 forms. High school students are advised to bring a parent, if possible, along with their tax documents. The FAFSA form also requires common information, such as social security and driver's license numbers. Students are advised to go online and apply for a FAFSA online PIN number, before they visit the Financial Aid Office for help. The PIN number can be obtained on the website www.pin.ed.gov

Vol State will have extended Financial Aid Office hours from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 24 and 28. The office will also be open on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Appointments for are not required, but are encouraged.

Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The Financial Aid Office is on the bottom floor of the Wood Campus Center in room 116. For more information about "College Goal Sunday" visit the website www.CollegeGoalSundayTN.org or call 615-230-3456.

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