This Sunday, February 10, 2013 will mark the sixth year for
the Financial Aid Frenzy (formerly known as College Goals Sunday). The goal of Financial Aid Frenzy is to help all high school seniors and current college students fill out and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the help of trained staff to make the process as seamless as possible. The FAFSA is used by most universities, colleges, vocational, and technical schools for federal funding and most scholarships. These forms are used to determine need for federal funding such as Pell Grants (which do not need to be paid back to the government) and federal work studies (which provide funding to a campus for student wages allowing that student to work up to 20 hours per week). Both of these are need based funding. The FAFSA is also necessary for student loans at any school the student wishes to attend. Many scholarships also require that the FAFSA be on file at most campuses. As Bonnie Straw stated, “The FAFSA is an important part of going to college because the colleges require it for scholarships and grants.”
In the past, approximately 70 students have attended Financial Aid Frenzy. This year, there will be two held in Evanston. On February 10, 2013, Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center will host the first of the Financial Aid Frenzies for Uinta County School District #1. The event will take place from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. and will offer help filling out the FAFSA. Refreshments and raffles will take place on Sunday. This event will offer ten scholarships – nine of which will be drawn randomly for any participant to win. Some of the scholarships do have limitations on location of use, although everyone has a chance to win.
If you are unable to make this event on February 10, there is still a chance to receive help from staff to help you fill out the FAFSA. On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, staff will be at the Evanston High School Computer Lab to help students with the form from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Unfortunately, there will not be refreshments or raffles at this event.
In addition to the two offerings in Evanston, Financial Aid Frenzy will also take place in Kemmerer and Mountain View. This will be the second year Kemmerer High School will have this event which is on February 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kemmerer High School Computer Lab. Mountain View and Lyman High Schools host an event together in the Mountain View High School Computer Lab. This will take place on February 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At both of these events, no refreshments or raffles are available.
If you are planning to attend any of the events, please bring student and parent 2012 taxes if they are complete. If they are not finished yet, bring 2011 taxes and corrections to the FAFSA can be made later. Along with your taxes, please bring your W-2 forms, know your social security number and about any family assets. Please contact Bonnie Straw at 307-789-5742 ext. 111 or Lauren Johnson at Evanston High School at 307-789-7571 with any questions.
Sponsors of this event include Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center, Western Wyoming Community College, TRiO/EOC, Wyoming College Advising Corp., 1st Bank, Wal-Mart, and Chuck Straw Construction.