Robyn Bryant
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December 31, 2012
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Eagle Library offers financial aid form help

If the acronym FAFSA sounds familiar, you are aware of a key element in the college application process. If you or someone close to you is college-bound, FAFSA may seem like one more overwhelming hurdle. Eagle Public Library is here to help!

Many high school seniors and their families may be feeling a bit of this pressure if they are thinking about college next fall. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a crucial program. Federal Student Aid is part of the U.S. Department of Education, and is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Over 15 million students will receive financial assistance through this program. These come in the form of federal grants, loans and work-study funds.

FAFSA is generally filled out online in either English or Spanish, and can be intimidating for many of us. Several documents are necessary, and the application is detailed and lengthy. But the process is well worth the return.

College in Colorado can help with the application process and a representative will be at the Eagle Public Library to offer free, personal assistance.

On Monday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., College in Colorado representative Jamie Burciaga will be on hand to do just that. Parents and high school seniors may attend, but pre-registration is required. Several forms, such as identification, tax returns, W-2s, and bank statements, will also be necessary, and personal laptops are encouraged. The library will provide a limited number of laptops for use during the program.

Eagle Public Library is very fortunate to have Anne Leavitt on its staff. Anne works at the library most evenings and she brings a special expertise from her tenure as a school guidance counselor at Eagle Valley High School for many years.

Anne highly encourages families to look at collegeincolorado.org. There are a wealth of resources, including test preps, college profiles and online applications. College in Colorado was initiated by the Department of Higher Education (DHE), which serves Colorado students by promoting access to affordability of, and success in, higher education.

The library also has a nice selection of books on the college admissions process.

If you are interested in the Jan. 14th program, registration is required and you will need to bring in specific paperwork. These documents include ID, tax returns, W-2s, and bank statements.

Please drop by or call the library and ask for me, Anne or Dale at 328-8800 for more information about required documents and to register for this worthwhile program. Space is limited, so please contact us at your earliest convenience.


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