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Henry Laboranti , Enrollment Specialist from Lackawanna College , will be here to help you fill out your FAFSA on Wednesday ,December 5th 4pm-5pm.
You will need to create your FAFSA ID AND
Please bring your 2017 tax infromation .
Questions contact the Guidance Office :570-297-8705
After the excitement over applying and getting back some acceptances to college fades, the scary reality of how to pay hits home. Don't be. It takes a lot of patience and persistence, but getting through the financial aid process can be accomplished without too many visits to the ibuprophen jar.
The two most important steps you can take to get the process in full gear is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is your key to both federal and state aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work study. About a decade ago the federal government cooperated with the states to synthesize the FAFSA into a "one shot does it all" form that works for both federal and state aid. By completing the FAFSA you will make your son or daughter eligible for money from both entities.
Be sure to complete the FAFSA even if you have a moderate or high income. Most colleges will refuse to grant any form of aid including scholarships to students if the FAFSA is not processed for them. Besides, even if you don't qualify for grants (free money), you still might want to apply for a loan.
The key to completing the FAFSA is timeliness. If your child has been accepted to one or several colleges, it is important to determine the EARLIEST date that that/those schools begin to distribute financial to their prospective students. I could be as early as February 1st. You will want to get the FAFSA sent in to be processed at least two weeks prior to that date. If you can't, obviously it is important to get the application in as soon as possible. Since the FAFSA is based on your income tax information, this would not be a year to procrastinate with getting your 1040 completed. There is an option to "estimate" your tax information based your income the previous year, but don't do it if you can avoid it. The FAFSA can be completed on-line or with a paper application. The on-line process is much faster and preferred by FAFSA. A link to the on-line FAFSA is available on our scholarship and financial aid link.
The second step is to contact the financial aid offices at your student's prospective college(s). They will share ideas about how to make the cost of attending bearable. They can also clue you in to any scholarships or other "institutional" aid that might be available. Many times it's up to the student to seek out scholarships available through the college. They may be based on grades, SAT scores, the program the student will be majoring in there, or other qualities like community service experiences or membership/participation in activities like scouting, musical organizations, Governor's School, National Honor Society, Student Council, etc....
These two steps will be the most significant for you and your student on the road to making the college experience a reality. Of course it is also important to take advantage of any other resources you may be able to access on your own, including researching scholarships through our "Scholarships and Financial Aid" link on the Guidance Page. Also watch out for the many local awards that will become available later in the spring.