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financial aid night answers college questions

by Leslie Pearson, Staff writer

Now that high school is coming to an end, many seniors and their parents are making plans for college and, especially, how to pay for it.

Applying for financial aid seems daunting to many students and their parents. Many questions arise about the process so Douglas High School will be holding Financial Aid Night in order to answer them. Speakers at Financial Aid Night will answer questions about deadlines, when to apply, and how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA form is the first step for students applying for financial aid.

FAFSA works by submitting a student’s family income in a formula from the Higher Education Act of 1965. The result is the expected family contribution. The family contribution is subtracted by the cost of attendance at the college the student is planning on attending and that amount is the financial need that the college will fill in if the student is eligible.

Any financial aid received by the student through FAFSA goes for tuition, fees and room and board.

Jim Hadwick, Director of Financial Assistance at Western Nevada Community College will speak and answer questions with DHS counselor Carolyn Porter.

Porter said the meeting will cover different forms of financial aid besides the FAFSA such as scholarships, grants, loans and work study.

Porter says that parents and students share the same concerns.

“Students want to know which parent’s income they should file for the FAFSA if their parents are divorced. We tell them to file with the one that they live with most of the time.”

Some parents are concerned they make too much money for their students to receive financial aid. Porter says that all students should apply no matter what the financial circumstances for a student are.

Financial Aid Night will be held Jan. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., in the drama room at Douglas High School.