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To assist students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, financial aid professionals will be on hand at East Central College in Union and Rolla for free workshops starting Thursday, February 20.


The workshops are open to all college bound students and families, regardless of what school they plan to attend ”, stated Nathaniel Mitchell, director of admissions at ECC .


Sessions will be held every Thursday evening through March 20 at ECC sites in Union and Rolla.  People can drop by anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m.  Union workshops will be held in Room 182 in Buescher Hall.  Rolla sessions will be presented in Room 117 at ECC’s site at Rolla Technical Center at 500 Forum Drive.


“Financial aid bridges the gap between the cost of education and what students can afford to pay, and completing the FAFSA is the first step in getting help to cover educational expenses,” Mitchell said.  “Assistance can take the form of grants, scholarships or work study (which you don’t need to pay back), and student loans.”  He noted that potential students should assume that they will qualify; and should apply.


“We hold these workshops to assist families in navigating the financial aid process,” Mitchell said.  “For first time students and their parents it can be a bit overwhelming, so we want to be available to answer questions and explain the process.”


In order to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA, families should bring their 2012 and/or 2013 federal income tax returns for the student and parents if the student is a dependent.  Social Security numbers, driver’s license or government issued ID, 2012 and/or 2013 W-2 forms and other records of money earned and untaxed income records are also needed to complete the FAFSA.  Business, farm and investment record information is also necessary Click here for the complete list of what to bring to a workshop.


For questions about the workshop call Mitchell at 636-584-6552 or email: .

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