Get FAFSA application assistance at Missouri City Branch Library

Missouri City Branch Library will present, “FAFSA: Financial Aid for College,” on Saturday, January 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway. Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step toward receiving federal or state financial aid for college. College-bound high-school students and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative presentation on completing the FAFSA application.

Lori Blust and Jo Harrington, Financial Aid Coordinators with Wharton County Junior College’s campus in Sugar Land, will provide an overview of the FAFSA-application process, including how to apply and what to expect when applying. Learn about what types of information will be needed to complete the application, and how to avoid common mistakes. Blust and Harrington will also discuss the various types of financial aid, such as grants, loans, scholarships, employment, Veterans’ benefits, and state exemptions.

With more than 35 years of experience in financial aid for the higher-education system between them, Blust and Harrington are very familiar with the financial-aid application process. “Both of us, having worked in the Registrar’s office for a number of years, are very familiar with the higher-education process, which gives us a unique ability to help our students,” says Blust.

If time allows, the presenters will provide assistance in completing the FAFSA. In order to complete the FAFSA, applicants will need the following items: driver’s license and social security card; W-2 forms and other records of money earned in the previous year; US income-tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or 1040TEL) for the previous year; records of untaxed income (welfare, social security, TANF and/or veterans benefits); current bank statements; current mortgage information (excluding primary home); business and farm records; and stock, bond and investment records.

Worksheets can be downloaded from FAFSA’s webpage, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The actual application form may be completed online and submitted electronically, or it may be submitted by mail.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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