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Completing the FAFSA is one of the most important steps in preparing for college. During College Goal Sunday, financial aid experts from West Virginia’s colleges volunteer their time to help you complete this important form and to answer any other financial aid questions you may have.
February 21, 2016
1 – 4 p.m.
Stop by any location, anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
On average, it takes about 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA.
Completing a FAFSA — available online at fafsa.gov — is one of the most important steps in preparing for college. Anyone who is interested in college or certificate programs should complete a FAFSA — that includes high school seniors, adults looking to start or return to college, and current college students. Students who are applying for financial aid for college for the 2016-17 academic year should complete the 2016-17 FAFSA, which will be available on January 1, 2016.
Completing the FAFSA can help you qualify for…
What to bring
To complete the FAFSA, you will need access to several personal and financial documents. The FAFSA asks for information from the most recent year’s tax records. If you have not yet filed your taxes for the most recent year, you can use information from a prior year — you will just have to edit your FAFSA later once you have new information.
The volunteers at College Goal Sunday workshops are professionals who will NOT share or misuse your personal information. Your FAFSA will be submitted through a network secured by the Federal government.
Resources Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD I BRING?
You will need to bring items to verify your identity and your family’s income. View the complete list.
DO THE FAFSA OR COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY COST MONEY?
No – in fact, FAFSA stands for FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. You should never have to pay money to complete the FAFSA, and College Goal Sunday is an opportunity to get FREE help filling out the form.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Anyone interested in attending college or another form of education or training beyond high school should complete a FAFSA – and anyone who needs help filling out the FAFSA should attend. Students should also bring their parent or guardian along when possible. Students who are already in college are required to submit the FAFSA each year, so College Goal Sunday is a great opportunity for returning college students to get some extra help too!
HOW LONG DOES COMPLETING THE FAFSA TAKE?
For most students, completing the FAFSA takes fewer than 30 minutes. You can stop by College Goal Sunday at anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
DO I COMPLETE THE 2015-16 FAFSA? OR 2016-17?
You should complete the FAFSA for the academic year you plan on attending college. So, if you are planning to enroll in college at anytime during the fall 2016/spring 2017 school year, you should complete the 2016-17 FAFSA. The 2016-17 FAFSA will be available after January 1, 2016. Remember — you must complete the FAFSA for every year of college. So if you are currently in college and are planning to attend college again next year, you’ll need to complete a 2016-17 FAFSA.
WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT SECURE AND CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes – our volunteers are experts who will never share your information with anyone else. When you submit the FAFSA online, you are submitting your information through a secure system created by the Federal government.
WILL I NEED MY (OR MY PARENTS’) CURRENT TAX RETURN TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA?
No – however, if you use a prior year’s return, you will have to go back in and edit your FAFSA later. It is important to file the FAFSA — with whatever information you have available —before grant and scholarship deadlines. So, if you won’t have your taxes completed until later — go ahead and complete the form with the information you have.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA?
Different financial aid programs have different deadlines for completing the FAFSA. In West Virginia, you must complete the FAFSA by March 1 if you are applying for state scholarship programs such as the PROMISE Scholarship. All West Virginia students should try to complete the FAFSA by April 15 in order to be considered for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant. However, if you miss these deadlines, you should still complete the form. Federal student aid programs have very late deadlines, and many students can qualify for federal aid even after the semester has started.
I COMPLETED THE FAFSA… NOW WHAT?
Completing the FAFSA is an important first step in paying for your education. View a list of what to expect and do next. Then check out CFWV’s College 101 guide to learn what you should be doing to get keep moving forward on your path to college.
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College – Martinsburg
Rooms 2016, 2108, & 2110
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College – Morgan County Center
Bluefield State College
W. Paul Cole Jr. School of Business
Lobby & Third Floor
BridgeValley Community and Technical College
Rooms 108 & 119
Rahall Technology Center
Davis & Elkins College
Eshelman Science Center
Erma Byrd Higher Education Center
Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College Caperton Center
Glenville State College
Robert F. Kidd Library
Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center
Mingo Central High School
Mountwest Community and Technical College
Main Campus – Rooms 105, 106, 107, & 110
New River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Campus
Greenbrier Hall – Student Lounge
Potomac State College
Academy Hall – Room 309
Putnam County Career and Technical Center
Rooms 3A & 6A
RESA 4 Offices
Main Floor Office & Computer Lab
Erma Ora Byrd Hall
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Building A, Room A-211
West Virginia Northern Community College – Wheeling
B&O Building Auditorium
West Virginia Northern Community College – New Martinsville
West Virginia State University
Wallace Hall – Room 222
West Virginia University
Downtown Campus – Woodburn Hall
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Vining Library – First Floor
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Caperton Center – Room C223