If you are the parent of a high school senior, you know how much effort goes into preparing for college. One important task that should not be overlooked is filling out a “FAFSA”— the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is required to determine a college student’s eligibility for federal and state financial aid, such as grants, student loans and work-study opportunities. Everyone who's preparing to attend college and plans to apply for financial aid should fill out the FAFSA.
To help students and parents fill out their FAFSAs, State Employees’ Credit Union has representatives at each branch who are available to assist during the month of November. FAFSA assistance is offered in partnership with College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA).
For the 2019-20 academic year, the FAFSA filing period began on October 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2020. Because there are a few federal student aid programs that have limited funds, be sure to apply as soon as you can. FAFSA filers will use their 2017 tax returns to complete the application. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will allow most families to transfer their 2017 tax information.
If you plan to come in during November for FAFSA assistance:
- Each student AND one parent must have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Go to fsaid.ed.gov to apply for one.
- Check with your desired colleges/universities to find out if they require a completed FAFSA prior to November. If they do, don’t wait — submit the application by the campus deadline (FAFSAs can be submitted on or after October 1).
- It will be helpful (though not required) for you to complete as much of the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet as possible at www.fafsa.gov and bring it with you to the branch. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the answers to the worksheet questions; the FAFSA volunteers can help you.
We look forward to helping you complete your FAFSA during the month of November!