High school seniors/parents invited to FAFSA workshops

It's FAFSA timeMarshalltown Community College invites all high school seniors and their parents to one of three FAFSA workshops being held on Tuesday, Feb. 21; Thursday, Feb. 23, and Thursday, Mar. 2, at MCC. All workshops will be from 4 to 7 pm in the MCC computer lab in room 215.

Volunteers will help participants fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of a national program that helps students qualify for federal financial aid. Completion of the FAFSA, which is available in downloadable paper and electronic forms from the U.S. Department of Education, is the first step in the college financial aid qualification process.

“This workshop is open to anyone who has questions or wants free help with the FAFSA,” says Marisol Garcia, Marshalltown Education Partnership (MEP) Coordinator. “It’s especially helpful for students who are low-income, whose first language is not English, or who are the first generation of their families to attend college. The financial aid help will be available continuously from 4 to 7 pm each of the three workshop dates. Appointments are not required; we’ll be working with people on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Students or parents may attend individually, but it’s best if the student and at least one parent or guardian come together. To complete the FAFSA, families should bring, for both the student and parent, the following:

  • Social Security number, driver’s license number, and date of birth
  • Most recent federal and state tax returns
  • W-2 forms or other records of income earned last year
  • Current bank statements and investment records
  • Records of untaxed income received last year
  • 2016 business and farm records
  • Alien registration numbers (if not a U.S. citizen)

Students and parents may also register in advance for a Federal Student Aid ID and password, required to electronically sign the forms and make future changes. To request a PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov.

Those attending the FAFSA workshops are encouraged to park in the front MCC parking lot on the northwest corner of the campus and enter through the main doors; room 215 is straight down the hallway on the left side.

For more information, contact Marisol Garcia at (641) 844-5798 or Marisol.Garcia@iavalley.edu.