MCCC Hosts Online FAFSA Information Sessions


POTTSTOWN PA – Students looking for help to pay for college can learn about options available during hour-long online discussions scheduled for Nov. 23 (2020; Monday) from 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. by the Financial Aid Office at Montgomery County Community College. Each session is free and open to the public, and is intended for current and prospective students and their families.

During each session, financial assistance coaches will present a brief overview about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (better known by its acronym, FAFSA).It’s the form most often relied upon for funding assistance by post-secondary schools. Their talk will include tips on applying, common mistakes people make, frequently asked questions, and what to expect after filing.

They will also provide information on how to obtain help completing the FAFSA through various means, including the college’s available appointments for one-to-one virtual FAFSA assistance. Time will be allotted for participants to ask general questions at the end of the presentation.

The college hopes to give participants peace of mind by demystifying the process of filling out the FAFSA, according to Ashley Smith, associate director of financial aid for student relations. “This is a service that’s not only available to students but to community members at large,” she said. “So many people are intimidated by the FAFSA process. Either they’ve never done it before or they’ve done it in the past but made errors. It should not be like that.”

Smith and her colleagues are ready to ease any fears people may have about the application. Community members can even schedule one-on-one appointments with financial aid coaches and staff members to help answer any remaining questions they may have. “We offer tips, advice on common mistakes we see all the time,” she said, “all in an effort to help them with the process.”

Similar sessions also are scheduled for Feb. 5 (2021; Thursday) during the same times, again online.

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