By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Applying for financial aid can be a complicated process for graduating seniors and their families, but Starkville High School is here to help.
SHS is taking part in a national event called College Goal Sunday â€” on Saturday â€” to help college-bound seniors and their parents get through the paperwork with the help of financial aid professionals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The event will provide assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the MTAG/MESG information necessary for Mississippi Financial Aid.
â€śThis event is a wonderful opportunity for parents and their seniors to get personalized, confidential assistance with the FAFSA from financial aid professionals. We will have three financial aid experts who are volunteering their time to help the community here at SHS,â€ť counselor Juawice McCormick said. â€śMost colleges and universities require that students submit a FAFSA, regardless of need, for scholarship or aid consideration, so why not spend about 30 minutes here with us and get the best assistance to submit your information?â€ť
In order to complete the FAFSA form, parents and students will need to bring a copy of their federal tax returns; driverâ€™s licenses, Social Security numbers and birth dates; W-2 forms and other records of money earned; current bank statements or an amount of both the student and parentâ€™s cash, savings and checking accounts; any current business information; total amounts of investments that are not in retirement accounts; an alien registration card if the student or parent is not a U.S. citizen; date of the parentsâ€™ marriage, divorce or separation; and a copy of the 2011 W-2 forms and any 2011 pay stubs if the parent or student has not filed 2011 income taxes. All the information will be confidential.
All students who attend todayâ€™s event will be entered for the chance to win a $500 scholarship from SHS.
â€śThe process is online; we will have a computer lab available so that parents and students truly can be in and out in about 30 minutes,â€ť McCormick said. â€śIt is a come and go event, so our guests can schedule their Saturday mornings accordingly.â€ť