Community college offers help with the FAFSA

Parents with a child entering college, who are seeking financial aid, will have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly called the FAFSA.

Completing it correctly and on time is complicated and time-consuming.

Norwalk Community College (NCC) will offer all families assistance with this task on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 4, with a program called College Goal Sunday. Financial aid experts will be ready with free help, so students and their families can file the FAFSA quickly and online in a computer lab. Advisers will literally sit at a computer next to them, answering questions and guiding them step by step. Once the form is filled out, it’s electronically filed immediately.

Participants also receive general information regarding state and federal financial aid programs, and NCC scholarships. Spanish language advisers are available.

This event is for all prospective college students from all colleges, not just those planning to attend NCC.

College Goal Sunday is a national event held at college sites throughout the country. In recent years, College Goal Sunday was held in January, because students could not apply for federal student aid before January.

A recent change to the filing process now allows students to submit their 2017-2018 FAFSA now, using their 2015 tax information. Early filing means students receive financial aid awards earlier, and can make more informed enrollment choices.

For information, contact Gail Stevens, NCC Assistant Director of Financial Aid,  at gstevens@norwalk.edu or 203-857-7150.