(DOVER, DE.) Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an essential – though not particularly enjoyable – step in applying for financial aid.
This year, there is help available, thanks to the Mid-Eastern Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel (MEAEOPP), Delaware State TRIO Organization, First State League of United Latin American Citizens, NCC#800 (First State LULAC)/Delaware Tech FSL Young People, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs (GACHA), the YMCA of the USA and Lumina Foundation for Education. Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MEAEOPP), along with assistance from volunteers from around the state, are prepared to help students and their families fill out the FAFSA at two sites in Wilmington and Dover.
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Locations: Terry and Wilmington campuses of Delaware Technical & Community College
In addition to free FAFSA assistance, volunteers from the Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation will be providing one-on-one tax preparation assistance for parents of students wanting to attend college. Spanish speaking interpreters will be available at each location.
The event is geared to making sure that anyone who would like to apply for financial aid, but needs help, receives assistance completing the necessary forms. “Filling out the FAFSA can be a difficult process,” said Rebecca Craft, coordinator for this year’s event. “College Goal Sunday makes the process easier by providing one-on-one help for students and families.”
The FAFSA is your application for all federal aid and the state’s need-based grant. Most colleges require a completed FAFSA for institutional aid.
It is important that anyone who has questions about whether or not they can afford to go to college take the time to complete the application in the event they qualify for aid that they may not be familiar with. National studies show that 40 percent of students who do not fill out the FAFSA would have qualified for some type of financial aid.
If attending the event, you will want to bring certain information, including:
- Social Security numbers for both student and parents
- 2010 Federal Tax Returns for both student and parents, or 2009 Federal Tax returns if the 2010 documents are not complete
- W2s and information about other sources of income, such as child support
- FAFSA pin numbers for both student and parent (These can be obtained at http://www.pin.ed.gov prior to College Goal Sunday.)
A comprehensive list of what to bring can be found to complete the FAFASA can be found at http://www.collegegoalsundayusa.org.
If you are planning to request assistance in preparing your taxes prior to completing the FAFSA form, you will need to bring the following information (in addition to the items listed above):
- Social Security Cards and picture ID’s (for yourself, spouse, children and other dependents)
- Copy of last year’s tax return (very helpful)
- W-2’s and 1099’s for all reportable income
- Additional statements/forms for any other income
- List of expenses that can be claimed separately or as part of itemized deductions):
- Childcare information (providers ID number & receipts for amount paid)
- 1098 for student loan interest, mortgage interest, or property tax
- Charitable deductions and/or other expenses you typically claim
- Account and routing numbers for your checking/savings account for direct deposit
College Goal Sunday is a national program that was originally created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc. and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation. Lumina Foundation has provided funding to MEAEOPP to implement this program in Delaware.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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