Get Free Help Filing for College Financial Aid on FAFSA Day, Oct. 29

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For students, applying to college is a stress-filled time as they take the SAT or ACT, request references from teachers and compose eloquent essays for the Common App and other university applications. Many parents may face an additional stress: "How do I pay for college tuition and board?"

Applying for financial aid helps students venture to schools of their dreams they may not have been able to afford without such assistance. Getting financial aid starts with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, and this Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-noon, students across North Carolina who plan to attend college in fall 2017 can get free in-person help applying for financial aid on FAFSA Day at most of these locations. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; visit call 866-866-CFNC toll-free for a list of the more than 50 event sites and register for the one nearest you. Carefully check the time, since these may differ between locations. The free help comes though the College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and State Employees' Credit Union​, who work to help students gain access to North Carolina higher education.

An October FAFSA Phone-In, also sponsored by CFNC, is another option for North Carolina students and parents who have only a few questions on completing the FAFSA. Every Tuesday night in October between 5 and 8 p.m., financial aid specialists will be available to help at the toll-free number, 866-866-CFNC (2362).

As our College Transitions bloggers reported earlier, the FAFSA application date was moved up to Oct. 1 this year, allowing more students to apply earlier. The sooner you apply for FAFSA aid, the better your chances of obtaining aid as it is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. See why even if you don’t submit your taxes until April, you can fill out the FAFSA form now

If you’re planning to take your students to FAFSA Day or simply planning to fill out the FAFSA form on your own, here’s what you need to take with you be able to fill out the FAFSA form

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