STATE—With the beginning of the new year, high school seniors and their parents are turning their attention to the college financial aid process. This task can be stressful and bewildering, particularly for families sending their first child to college.
There is expert help available to families and it is available at no charge! The New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NJASFAA) wants students and their families to be aware of several ways they can receive assistance with the financial aid process in the upcoming weeks.
First, the fifth annual College Goal Sunday is scheduled for Jan. 31 at 9 locations in New Jersey: Camden County College, New Jersey City University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Passaic County Community College, Mercer County Community College, Ocean County College and Kean University in Union. This activity is a non-profit program that provides free on-site professional assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Families can also talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply. NJASFAA has partnered with the New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Lumina Foundation to run this event. Approximately 749 students were helped last year. Additional details can be found at the website www.njcollegegoalsunday.org
Second, financial aid nights are offered at many high schools throughout the state during January and February. Parents can learn more details about the various aid programs available to students. Discussions explaining how financial aid eligibility is determined can help parents understand the whole process. Contact your local high school guidance office for dates and times.
Finally, every post-secondary institution in the state has financial aid administrators on staff that can provide comprehensive help for families as they complete the financial aid applications and receive financial aid offers from the colleges. This assistance is provided individually and is designed to put students at ease about financial aid.
NJASFAA is a non-profit organization with over 350 members who work with post-secondary students in New Jersey to obtain financial assistance and attain their post-secondary education.
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